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The vast number of "verbal ticks" and structural elements that make Wallace's work instantly recognizable. These include:

  • lengthy footnotes and/or endnotes
  • repetition of certain words and phrases, as motifs or greater themes, e.g.
  • creative misspellings, often resembling Freudian slips or revealing a characters' verbal limitations
  • use of Latin phrases used primarily in mathematical proofs and philosophy