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The process described here helps to account for the fact that many catachreses have lost much of their figurativeness, but it would be problematic to say that they are used as literal words because of their forgotten figurativeness.
According to Pietz, such catachreses may, however, be impossible to avoid.
Ce sont des catachreses qui, liminalement, peuvent, lors de la lecture, entrainer la perception de l'humour.
In his examination of the eight Type B passages Thiel observes that their arrangement varies from symmetrical to asymmetrical; that the spondeiazon is not a useful factor to consider in the evaluation of this category of ecphrasis; and that hapax legomena, neologisms, and catachreses underscore the difference between Apollonius and his models (aemulatio).