Dicaeologia (di-kay-o-lo’-gi-a): Admitting what’s charged against one, but excusing it by necessity.
You: Yes, I took your golf shoes. Otherwise I couldn’t have played in the tournament, come in first, and won $600.00. I’ll go get your shoes out of my car. Please let me give you $100 for bringing me luck. It’s the least I can do.
Me: Your so-called “borrowing” is actually stealing. Give me all of the prize money and I won’t turn you in to the police. Those shoes are custom made and cost nearly $1,000. Taking them without my permission (given their value) is a felony.
Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).
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Dilemma (di-lem’-ma): Offering to an opponent a choice between two (equally unfavorable) alternatives.
Last night you got drunk and for some crazy reason you gave your credit card to a homeless person, have made no attempt to cancel it, and think that “everything’s gonna be ok.”
Although you’re still drunk, I’m offering you two things you can do to keep this from happening again: 1. Get rid of your credit card and use only cash; 2. Have a responsible person “hold” your credit card. You will ask their permission to use it and explain what you’re using it for each time you use it.
Now, call the credit card company.
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)
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