An Introduction to Acyron
Acyron (synonymous to acyrologiaOpens in new window), is the use of words contrary to what is intended to make the right expression.
A Classic Example of Acyron
- I am as sad as a sandboy.(Here, the word the speaker meant to use is happy — because he's obviously in a happy mood in which he compares with the typical mood of a sandboy)
Silva Rhetoricae | Figures: Acyrologia;Opens in new window
Changingminds.org | Figures Of Speech: Acyron;Opens in new window
Quintilian 8.2.3 (“improprietas”);
Susenbrotus (1540) 11-12 (“acyrologia,” “acyron”);
Sherry (1550) 32 (“acyrologia,” “improprietas”).