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The insertion of an additional syllable in the middle of a word, usually after a stressed initial syllable and before r or l, as with Henery for Henry or Engerland for England. Poets sometimes, and songwriters more frequently resort to this device in order to maintain metrical regularity. Dickens produces a similar effect in Bleak House when the bombastic preacher Mr Chadband enthuses about ‘the light of Terewth’, i.e. Truth.

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