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)
Further Readings:
Silva Rhetoricae | Figures: Acyrologia;Opens in new window | Figures Of Speech: Acyron;Opens in new window
Quintilian 8.2.3 (“improprietas”);
Isidore 2.20.1;
Susenbrotus (1540) 11-12 (“acyrologia,” “acyron”);
Sherry (1550) 32 (“acyrologia,” “improprietas”).