Apophasis (a-pof’-a-sis): The rejection of several reasons why a thing should or should not be done and affirming a single one, considered most valid.

Should I buy another disco ball?

1. No–I’ll have to get an additional ceiling fixture installed.

2. No–Six disco balls throw a lot of sparkle. One more will probably burn a hole in the wall.

3. No–Seven disco balls will probably distract people from listening to the amazing music–especially the Bee Gees and Barry Manilow.

4. No–disco balls are addictive. I get a splitting headache whenever I turn them off.

You know–I’ve got six disco balls already, one more won’t do any serious harm–financially or psychologically. I’m heading to “Disco Nick’s 70s Cornucopia.” He sells white suits, white shoes, and disco balls. I’m going to splurge and get a three-footer. I will put it over my bed so it can sparkle-flash me to sleep every night.

I love disco balls! Let there be light!


Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)

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