One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A speech delivered between the acts or scenes of a play. rare.
2(Gregory Bateson's term for) an explanatory dialogue which in form, structure, or manner conveys something about the problem being discussed. Hence: any kind of conversation exhibiting this characteristic.
1950s; earliest use found in W. H. Auden (1907–1973), poet and writer. From meta- + -logue.
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