Pithy, evocative imagery in three-legged microcosms of meaning.  Having coined the term ‘triologism’ I believe this to be the only collection of these tum-tee-tum phrases in the universe.  Updated Tuesdays … triologism day!  

Ash-covered Vulcan

Lady Folly blithely explains why it is better to be merry Bacchus (or Dionysius) than any of the more serious...

Frayed by sin

A surprising one, this, as sin is often presented, nowadays, as socially acceptable, even desirable 'vice' - something naughty-but-nice, essentially...

Here comes Hera

One goddess you should never cross, quick to rouse to wrath and terrible in her exactions. Divinely, drop-dead gorgeous, of course.

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Scum-skinned tide

Something alarmingly contemporary about this polluted surface in Dante's Inferno, especially when he discerns, through the miasma, dead souls fleeing.

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Kind-hearted termagant

Great word ‘termagant’, sadly underused and, referring as it does to bad-tempered women, no doubt politically unacceptable. Here it describes...

Iris-blue sky

When I think of such a sky, I think of Greece.

'The following morning, the weather had changed...

Demon-king entrance

This sounded like something out of a classical Chinese opera until I realized it was describing my forebears. Don't worry,...

Tear-wringing phrases

Can you sense in this triologism that the moving eloquence of this politician is a little too practised and contrived?...

Ballooning abdomen

Flay and Swelter, pitched in a life and death struggle, are at physically opposite extremes - Flay, wiry, knobbly, skinny,...

Dungeon-like gloom

This gloom was no doubt accentuated by the blinding brilliance outside, and may even have been a soothing balm to...

Bun-faced man

Bland and bun-faced isn't a winning combination, even before he imposes his cricket-talk on people who don't share his enthusiasm.

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