A play on the term wormhole, a wordhole is a literary mechanism used most effectively in Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. In its simplest form, a wordhole is the same phrase repeated at two different points in the manuscript, possibly more than a hundred pages apart, probably in entirely different contexts. An example from Naked Lunch:
"Please Boss Man. I'll wipe your ass, I'll wash out your dirty condoms, I'll polish your shoes with the oil on my nose...."
- page 17
A Sollubi rushes into the bar and starts polishing The Saint's shoes with the oil on his nose.... The Saint kicks him petulantly in the mouth.
- page 118

"Naked Lunch contains multiple reference points, flashpoints, which propell the reader forward and backward through time and space. Using cutups and other montage techniques, Burroughs has effectively created a work that can be 'intersected at any point.'"
- from http://www.bigtable.com/

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