Daily Archives: February 29, 2020


Kategoria (ka-te-go’-ri-a): Opening the secret wickedness of one’s adversary before his [or her] face.

I know what you do secretly in your spare time and it’s ugly. If you ever got caught, and it became known what you do, that would be the end for you. The magnifying glass and the ant: Have you no decency? Do you like to hear them crackle? Do you enjoy the smell of their smoking torsos?

How did I find out about your disgusting vice? I saw you in the parking lot alongside Coach Steel’s SUV. I crept along the side of the SUV and peeked around to see you kneeling and making a sort of croaking laughing sound, with a magnifying glass focused on the pavement and a little pile of upturned ants, charred and contorted, alongside your knee.

With your predilection for ant torture, how did you ever become the school nurse? Oh, that’s right. Your father’s the Superintendent of Schools. Well, I’m afraid I’m going to have to tell your father about your perverted hobby, or do you want to go out on a date with me?

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu). Bracketed text added by Gorgias.

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