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Getting Medieval

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This figure works like verbing in that it makes words play unaccustomed parts of speech—in this case, creating an ungrammatical object in a sentence. (“I’ve heard enough ‘No’s’ for the day.”) Technical term: metallage (meh-TALL-ah-gee), Greek for “to change over” or “swap.” 

Marsellus: I ain’t through with you by a damn sight! I’m gonna get medieval on your ass! Pulp Fiction

He stopped dating her after she got all kindergarten teacher on him. Word Hero

He tried a but-I-didn’t and got a yes-you-did. Word Hero