Wednesday, May 06, 2009

pridie Non. Mai.

hysteron proteron n. [Gk. husteron later, latter (1); proteron former (2): latter former.] 1. Rhetoric. A figure of speech in which the natural, logical, or rational order is reversed; e.g., “They ate and cooked their meal very quickly.” 2. Logic. A fallacy in which what should follow from what is proved is taken as the premise.

From Word Dictionary of Foreign Expressions