Exergasia (ex-er-ga’-si-a): Repetition of the same idea, changing either its words, its delivery, or the general treatment it is given. A method for amplification, variation, and explanation. As such, exergasia compares to the progymnasmata exercises (rudimentary exercises intended to prepare students of rhetoric for the creation and performance of complete practice orations).
My shoe. My shoe. I lost my left shoe.
Uh oh. I can’t find my right shoe either.
Where are my shoes? Taking a vacation?
Where are my shoes? On the way to a landfill?
Where are my shoes? I don’t care about your shoes. I’m looking for my shoes!
Where are my shoes? I know where my socks are! Look–they’re on my feet! I’m looking for my shoes!
I give up. I’ll order a new pair of shoes from Zappos. So, I’ll be here at least another two days waiting for them to arrive. I hope you don’t mind.
What! You found my shoes?
What? You’re going to stick them up my what? Please don’t.
I hid them under the bed so I could spend another couple of days with you while I waited for my new pair from Zappos.
Don’t you see? I love you. I just want to spend more time with you.
Wait! Those aren’t my shoes.
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).