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asyndeton in speech

If I said, "This business deal will be a success a victory a triumph if we are able to secure the contract." Is it clear that the "if" clause applies to "This business deal ...
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commas and asyndeton

If I write, "Destroying forests is a heinous action, a cruel tragedy if trees are cut for paper. Does the "if" statement correspond to "a cruel tragedy" only or both "a ...
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commas with asyndeton (series without 'and') at beginning of sentence

We don't put a comma between a subject and verb phrase, even with a series: My Dad, my sister, and my brother came home together. What about after a series that is an asyndeton, where the 'and' ...
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Is this a proper usage for a semicolon?

I enjoy kayaking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, skiing; and I really want to learn how to snowboard this winter.
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Omitting “and” in a sentence

He called her, emailed her, texted her, tweeted her—all to no use. Strictly speaking, I would need to write texted her and tweeted her, but I'm omitting and to convey a rhythm and sense of urgency. ...
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Omission of “and” in headlines

What is this phenomenon called? Is it common in all English-speaking countries?