Dehortatio (de-hor-ta’-ti-o): Dissuasion.
Last week you told me that you were going to climb Mt. Everest. This week it’s “try out for the NY Yankees.” What’ll be next week? Discover America?
Look, you’re way past your prime. Instead of going ‘Quixote’ on me, why not set a goal that’s within your grasp like taking a shower and changing your underwear?
Bottom line: Stop kidding yourself. Impossible dreams are for teenagers, not grandfathers.
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).