An Introduction to Correctio
Correctio (etymologically from Latin, signifying “correction,” or “amendment”), is a kind of redefinition that occurs when we make correction or amendment to a word or phrase just employed, with a more appropriate word(s); or a further specifying of meaning, especially by stating clearly what something is, or what is not.
Basic Formulae of Correctio — Correctio is usually expressed by means of these formulae:
- “I wanted to say, more correctly …,”
- “I don’t know how better to say it …,”
- “unless you would rather call it …,” and other similar expressions. — (Giambittista Vico, The Art of Rhetoric: [Institutiones Oratoriae, 1711-1741])
Correctio is closely related to EpanorthosisOpens in new window and other related Figures of DefinitionOpens in new window, and it is usually embeded as a parenthesis – an interruption, or in form of a climax.