Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Possible Duplicate:
Is there a name for inverting word order to accomplish a different meaning?
"Some champagne for my real friends, some real pain for my sham friends."

Is there any one similar kind of phrase here, what are they called?

For example :

1) Why do we park on Driveways and Drive on Parkways ?

2) Why are apartments together?

What are these phrases called?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by simchona, RegDwigнt Aug 24 '11 at 11:26

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

1  
I edited your question so it is clearer that you want the name of the phrase, and not a list of examples. Does it still make sense to you? –  simchona Aug 24 '11 at 7:06
    
yes it does for some extent but i really wanted users to come with there own Chiasmus here because Chiasmus are always interesting to use in literature. I hope i answered your question –  Abid Aug 24 '11 at 7:13
    
List questions are off topic. You can't ask for examples of them without your question being closed. However, now that you know the name you can look up your own examples. I just wanted to make sure my edits didn't obscure the on-topic part of your question. –  simchona Aug 24 '11 at 7:15
1  
Absolutely fine with me. Thanks for making me understand off-topic and on-topic part here. –  Abid Aug 24 '11 at 7:21
1  
Looks like you can join chat now! –  simchona Aug 24 '11 at 9:48

1 Answer 1

up vote 2 down vote accepted

I believe this is a Chiasmus:

Chiasmus is a figure of speech where wit is conveyed through the reversal of words or phrases in clauses.

Some examples would be:

'Never let a fool kiss you, or a kiss fool you'
"Nice to see you, to see you, nice!"
"You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget."

That's for your first example.

share|improve this answer
    
Yes that is Chiasmus. And thanks for those wonderful examples. –  Abid Aug 24 '11 at 6:58
1  
I found one more :) I LOVE YOU NOT BECAUSE I NEED YOU . I NEED YOU BECAUSE I LOVE YOU :) –  Abid Aug 24 '11 at 10:02
1  
That's a very sweet one, to keep in mind... for future use:) –  Thursagen Aug 24 '11 at 10:03
    
@ Thursagen yeah Believe me i used it and it worked for me :) –  Abid Aug 24 '11 at 10:08

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.