Antanagoge (an’-ta-na’-go-gee): Putting a positive spin on something that is nevertheless acknowledged to be negative or difficult.

Well, here we are by the side of the road with a flat tire. AAA says they’ll be here in about 45 minutes.

I know we’re stuck! But we’re stuck together–all of us in the same place at once. Let’s use this together time to talk about Josie’s upcoming wedding. It’s a great time to at least start our conversation.

Again, let’s use this time to do something worthwhile–it’s something we’ve been putting off ever since they announced to us that their marriage is looming on the horizon. Betty, what do you think?

How can we undermine Josie’s plans to marry that idiot?

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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