Optatio (op-ta’-ti-o): Expressing a wish, often ardently.

Oh my God! I wish I had never said that. I’ll probably be dead by sometime tonight. Somebody should outlaw Twitter. It is all Twitter’s fault. It is so easy to hurl insults into the night. Before I got removed from office, the Evangelicals loved me–now, I just drop the suggestion that they’re a gang of deluded power brokers who’ve built an empire of greed and gullibility, and all the radio and TV hosts want to crucify me. Hmmm. Maybe that’s a compliment. Consider the source.

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

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