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!  

Twice-baked bread

Paximadia is clearly a Greek name for a traditional Greek bread, but it has a pacific Latin echo in that...

Thrice condemned monster

Heaney's tripling summary of Grendel, the world's fear and monster: a guilt-fouled fiend and a God-cursed brute with a hall-watcher's hate.  Thankfully,...

Tempest-haunting birds

I picture scurf-surfing cormorants and carrion birds buffeted by winds in anticipation of sailors' corpses washing up on the wind-blasted...

Bright-tinted shrubs

Autumn alights with bright-tinted shrubs.  And yes, you need to be on the alert to perceive their full beauty.

'A...

String-thin paths

A knife-edge precarity in this phrase.  May your paths be broad and sure!

Source: Beowulf, Kevin Crossley-Holland, illus. by Charles Keeping (Oxford...

Pard-like stubble

I can only imagine this refers to a patchy or spotted colour combination, as 'pard' means leopard or panther, or...

Raven-like croaks

Williamson's lovingly accurate study of otters includes many examples of the playfulness of these animals, be it with each other,...

Hill-sent echo

An inexplicable and even supernatural moment in the book that proves a turning point, snapping Jane out of her acquiescence...

Thick-walled word

While I like this idea, I can’t quite imagine a ‘thick-walled’ word.  Trying some free association: Glop?  Blather?  Is it...

Moonacre Manor

This white horse flits in and out of the eponymous story: like the moon, illuminating when visible, but otherwise elusive. ...

Toy-town geniality

Something oddly and mildly sinister about this one. Perhaps stemming from a memory of the Stepford Wives.

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Tear-wringing phrases

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

Gem-like brightness

A sudden burst of light after dullness, startling and enlivening the spirit.

'It was a sullen coldish Evening,...

Tear-shaped pellets

This is a Biblical land and so perhaps the tear-shaped scented cedar sap pellets came from Lebanon.  Elsewhere the cedar...

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  1. B.G. Simons

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

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