Proofreading Service - Pain in the English
Proofreading Service - Pain in the EnglishProofreading Service - Pain in the English
 

Your Pain Is Our Pleasure

24-Hour Proofreading Service—We proofread your Google Docs or Microsoft Word files. We hate grammatical errors with passion. Learn More

 

Paraphrase

In sentencing of the terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, Judge Leonie Brinkema said the following:

“Mr. Moussaoui, you came here to be a martyr in a great big bang of glory, but to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, instead you will die with a whimper.”

Is this an appropriate use of the word “paraphrase”? I understood “paraphrase” as using different words to elaborate or simplify the original statement. In the above usage, she is using Eliot’s exact words.

  • May 4, 2006
  • Posted by Dyske
  • Filed in Usage
  • 2 comments

Submit Your Comment

or fill in the name and email fields below:

Comments

Sort by  OldestLatestRating

Paraphrase generally refers to expressing something in different words. I think the judge either misused it or thought she *was* paraphrasing.

dave May 4, 2006 @ 7:58PM

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

Neither a paraphrase nor a quotation - just an allusion to Eliot.

semiotek May 5, 2006 @ 3:59AM

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse