Paralipsis (par-a-lip’-sis): Stating and drawing attention to something in the very act of pretending to pass it over (see also cataphasis). A kind of irony.

Is there any way we can talk about affordable housing? Of course not. We can’t talk about the wealthy landlords that give us a monthly gouging. We can’t talk about how local taxes have been rising to where the monthly tax payments are almost the same as our mortgages. On top of that, we lost our federal tax deduction for taxes paid.  Oh, but we can’t talk about that.

What we can talk about, though, is our candidate! And we’re going to talk with her about all those things that we can’t talk about. Ha! Ha! I am pleased . . .

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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