psittacism


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psittacism

a mechanical, repetitive, and usually meaningless speech.
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Saint concerned Psittacism: 'Parrot-like study without thought, is futile.
Moret's conspectus is ample enough to embrace Flaubert's dictionary of cliches, where opinionating self-destructs, in what Flaubert prayed would be the aborting of all psittacism. Genitor of the Surrealists, Lautreamont systematically subverted the genre, thus emphasizing the known fact that all categorical brevities are contradictable, falsifiable, and preparing the ground for wiseacre 'perverbs'.
"psittacism" in The Unnamable) and the paraphonias (confusion of words phonetically close) underscore the properly pathological side of this game of resemblances insofar as it reveals Watt's incapacity to master representation and communication.