Erotema (e-ro-tem’-a): The rhetorical question. To affirm or deny a point strongly by asking it as a question. Generally, as Melanchthon has noted, the rhetorical question includes an emotional dimension, expressing wonder, indignation, sarcasm, etc.

Oh, is that your idea? It reminds me more of a clove of garlic crushed by the wheel of a Vespa somewhere on the outskirts of Sienna. It’s flat and it smells. How much time did you give to it’s inception? Are you trying to establish your stupidity in front of the whole team? Why don’t you just sit down and shut up Pence? In fact, why don’t you get the hell out of here and send more ventilators to Thailand while New York dies?

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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