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!  

In praise of the Greeks

Three triologisms describing the Greeks convey something expansive and vital, though the same could be said of the Trojans. However,...

Bubble-whitened water

Bubbles blow and roll through Williamson's prose, through the ebullition of both water and otters. Otters blow bubbles when they...

Rock-strewn surface

Two ideas were imprinted on my mind in Leigh Fermor's description of the Mani landscape - unremitting heat and unforgiving...

Good-humoured Syrinx

These two fine young girls manage to protect themselves from the depredations of a sleazy, tasteless monster.  I remember Leigh...

Dark-named destiny

Another term for death, the fate of Asios who, horse-proud, insisted on driving his chariot into the fray where he...

Voice communications

Consider the vital role of the herald before mechanical forms of broadcast, and how important the quality and strength of...

Flat-footed view

Nicolson's writing helped cure me of any 'flat-footed view' I may have had of the Bronze Age, spinning its warriors...

Soft-eyed cattle

If you have ever stopped to commune with cows in a field, you’ll have noted their softness of gaze, big-eyed...

Diplodocus-filled hall

A diplodocus is a huge herbivore dinosaur; perhaps it once in a while crashed into early human habitation.  Could such ancient...

Shell-like tenderness

A delicate and curious way to describe ‘tenderness’, since shells are usually formed of hard material, but their shape can...

Soft-palmed servants

How to spot an aristo in disguise and on the run?  Check servants for implausibly soft hands.  Dead give away.  

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  1. B.G. Simons

    Interesting! Your triologisms remind me of the two-word kennings in Beowulf.

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