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    Bathos and Desultory

    Hello,

    Do these words ''bathos'' and ''desultory'' have anything in common? For example, in a desultory converstaion there (perhaps) might be a change from a serious subject to something less important or even silly, but what about feelings?

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    Re: Bathos and Desultory

    I don't see a commonality.

    Here are some nice examples of bathos; there's nothing desultory about them.
    http://literarydevices.net/bathos/

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    Re: Bathos and Desultory

    To think I lived almost 50 years without ever hearing of bathos before!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Bathos and Desultory

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    To think I lived almost 50 years without ever hearing of bathos before!
    It's not a word that's called for often, unless you're an English Lit. major, and even then you could get by without it. In fact, you probably should.

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    Re: Bathos and Desultory

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    To think I lived almost 50 years without ever hearing of bathos before!
    The overwhelming sense of tragic loss that I feel you must be suffering at knowing that you have never experienced the sublime joy of the knowledge and understanding of this transcendental word moves my

    bowels.

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