In literary terms, a catachresis is an error in language. For most grammatical case, it regards using a word in the awry context or straining the word’s meaning from its traditional norm.
★ Using words in the wrong sense or out of its traditional context. e.g. Can’t you hear that? Are you blind?
★ Creating a paradox through words popularly known as oxymoron e.g. calm storm, dry ice.
★ Using unnecessary simile. e.g. ‘There she stood on stage for all to see, showing off like greedy songbird she was’ – Movie Amadeus
★ In poetry, it is used by misusing phrase or word to intentionally create a mixed metaphor. Poets use it extensively to achieve a stylistic effect or exert great contraction in both comic as well as serious sense.
And, by opposing, end them? To die, to sleep
― Hamlet – William Shakespeare
2. A man that studies revenge keeps his own wounds green..
― On Revenge – Francis Bacon
3. Mow the beard,
Shave the grass,
Pin the plank,
Nail my sleeve…..
― Peri Bathous – Alexander Pope
That oceans are-and Prayer-
And that White Sustenance-Despair
― I Cannot Live With You (Poem 640) – Emily Dickinson
2. The voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses –
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands….
― somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond – E.E. Cummings
― Susan Sarandon – Bull Durham
2. “I’m the producer of this show. If I didn’t step up, you’re nowhere. I put this thing together on a spit and polish”..
― Dustin Hoffman – Wag the Dog
3. “Mr. Jensen feels we’re too catastrophic in our thinking. I argued that television was a volatile industry in which success and failure were determined week by week. Mr. Jensen said he did not like volatile industries and suggested with a certain sinister silkiness that volatility in business usually reflected bad management.”
― Robert Duvall – Network
2. She grabbed the bull by the horns of dilemma.
3. I will speak daggers to her.
4. The little lady turtled along at twelve miles per hour.
5. We went soundseeing today.