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Off topic fun: Writing teacher, please define “anticlimax” for us

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File:A small cup of coffee.JPG Like many writing teachers, I have been asked this question, because students are urged to avoid “anticlimaxes” in their writing.

The classic response is: Saturday the Fourteenth

Strictly speaking, an anticlimax is

an event or experience that causes disappointment because it is less exciting than was expected or because it happens immediately after a much more interesting or exciting event:

Here it is, broad daylight, and Friday the Thirteenth superstitions sound boring as well as stupid.

It’s the “boring” part that concerns the writing teacher.

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