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April 22, 2010

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If the emphasis is on the second syllable, doesn't that make the listener think "catastrophe"?

Or "cadaverous"?

I've never heard the term "cataphora" before, or its counterpart "anaphora." They are great additions to my lexicon of almost-useless terms (like "antepenultimate"), but I'm not sure about using it as a corporate name, no matter how apt it might be. Frankly, without knowing its meaning, I associated it with "catastrophe" and "catatonic."

There's a software company called Semicolon Software: http://www.semicolon.com/. Sadly, someone has parked www.interrobang.com.

There is a company called Anaphora (which is the first thing I think of when I see "Cataphora"), but they don't really do technology: http://www.anaphoramusic.com/

Is there a reason a lot dictionaries list the term only as "cataphora" and not as "cataphor"?

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