Religions ranked by Google

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Jonathan Falk asks:

If this isn't some form of zeugma, what would you call it? Cyber-zeugma? Auto-zeugma?

I guess I'd call it meta-zeugma or maybe trans-zeugma…

If the list elements were combined in an explicit conjunction ("They converted to catholicism and pdf") it would be plain old zeugma. But the different senses of convert are implicit in the Google hints list.

Posing the question a bit differently suggests that the most popular religion of them all is polar coordinates:

Or maybe it's dynamic disk:

There's also some zeugmatic conversion from:



  1. Aelfric said,

    July 24, 2015 @ 10:12 am

    I can attest to the truthfulness of all this. I used to worship coal until I was distilled.

  2. Ted Powell said,

    July 24, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

    Google offers as the definition of zeugma, "a figure of speech in which a word applies to two others in different senses" (emphasis added). If there are more than two others, all in different senses, would that be a poly-zeugma?
    From Have Some Madeira, M'Dear:
    And he said as he hastened to put out the cat/The wine, his cigar and the lamps (four: out the door, on the table, butt out, turn off)
    She lowered her standards by raising her glass/Her courage, her eyes and his hopes (four)
    she made no reply/Up her mind, and a dash for the door (three)

  3. Viseguy said,

    July 24, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

    Zeugma? What zeugma? The forced conversion of documents from their native formats is an atavistic form of colonialism that should not be tolerated in an enlightened society!

  4. Michael said,

    July 24, 2015 @ 5:06 pm

    The problem with using Google in this way is that Google presents different suggestions to different users, depending on whether they are signed in or not, what their past behaviors are, etc. For me, pdf is the # 1 religion in the world, while "square feet" is in the #4 slot.

  5. David Morris said,

    July 24, 2015 @ 5:23 pm

    Catholicism is a branch of Christianity, so Catholics are Christians already.
    pdf = Protestant Disciples Free church?

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