The Anti Meta Partnership Principle

Some people collect coins or salt & pepper shakers. Well, I’m a bit of a language nerd. I collect antimetaboles.

Antimetabole is the repetition of words in successive clauses, but in transposed order.

You’ve likely read or heard antimetabole used before:

During his inauguration, President John Kennedy shared what might be the most famous American use of antimetabole: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

During WWII, Winston Churchill told the British people “This is not the end. It is not event the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Malcom X: “We didn’t land on Plymouth rock. Plymouth rock landed on us.”

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