Figure of speech. In one of his many puerile verbal hijinks in Aeolus Lenehan refers to the death of Moses with a long and absurdly hyphenated string of words: "A sudden–at–the–moment–though–from–lingering–illness–often–previously–expectorated–demise." He is practicing what the rhetoricians called periphrasis, a type of circumlocution. Additionally, in the word "expectorated" he is committing catachresis.

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Quotation from Edward Abbey's A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto). Source: