Monthly Archives: June 2020

Dehortatio

Dehortatio (de-hor-ta’-ti-o): Dissuasion.

You’re old, you’re tired, you’re fat. 

That should be enough to get you to quit, but on top of that everybody hates you. Come on. It’s time to step aside. Don’t run for reelection. Go play golf.

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

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Dendographia

Dendographia (den-dro-graf’-ia): Creating an illusion of reality through vivid description of a tree.

The ancient fallen tree caught the drizzling burst of rain as it struck its soft decaying trunk and soaked into the porous graying wood. It wasn’t alone there in the woods. It was surrounded by generations of beech trees–smooth silver bark and beechnuts; a favorite of foraging deer, chipmunks and red and gray squirrels. I’d like to think the fallen one is somehow responsible for the dense stand of mid- and large-sized trees surrounding it–a living legacy and testament to the continuous presence of life’s promise: of living and of dying , of offspring, of hope.

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Diacope 

Diacope (di-a’-co-pee): Repetition of a word with one or more between, usually to express deep feeling.

I can’t believe you stole Mr. Woo-woo. You and me have been friends for almost 2 months, and you stole Woo-woo right out of the big cardboard box while we were sleeping! Stole my beloved little puppy. Don’t tell me you took him to the Vet you miserable creep.  You stole Woo-woo. I don’t care about the fake Vet bill you’re waving at me! I don’t care that you brought Woo-woo back. That’s not the point. When he was gone, he was stolen and you stole him.

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Dialogismus

Dialogismus (di-a-lo-giz’-mus): Speaking as someone else, either to bring in others’ points of view into one’s own speech, or to conduct a pseudo-dialog through taking up an opposing position with oneself.

Speaker takes on Trump’s persona: “I’m Don the con and that rhymes with Don the moron. America is loaded with fools–that’s anybody who voted for me, including myself. Ha Ha! I’m so happy to have my daughter doing nothing for a half-million a year in taxpayer money. And her husband: what a piece of work; bringing peace to Israel when he does not even know where the conflict is. He keeps asking me what a Palestine is.”

Speaker goes back to own persona: “That’s the way it is folks. Sad but true. If he gets reelected it will get worse. It will be his permission slip to wreak havoc on the United States and everything it has ever stood for and everything we continue to strive for.”

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Dianoea

Dianoea (di-a-noe’-a): The use of animated questions and answers in developing an argument (sometimes simply the equivalent of anthypophora).

What’s your next big idea? Can it be any bigger than the last one? Remember? That’s why we’re in prison.

Will you ever be worth a damn? Will you ever measure up to the bullshit you sling? No. Will anybody follow through on their threats to play soccer with your head in the prison yard? Not likely. Your head’s so big and fat somebody would probably break their foot kicking it, or get their foot stuck on that weird hair gel you have smuggled in.

Are you worthless? Yes

Are you a lying coward? Yes

Are you a crybaby? Yes

Are you doomed? Ha!

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Diaphora 

Diaphora (di-a’-pho-ra): Repetition of a common name so as to perform two logical functions: to designate an individual and to signify the qualities connoted by that individual’s name or title.

Glitch McConnell is a US Senator, and as a Senator, in addition to Kentucky, Glitch represents evil, bigotry, selfishness and a complete lack of empathy. Do you think he enjoys seeing all those children locked up along the Mexican border? You bet does! I don’t know whether he’s from Hell, or headed to Hell. Glitch must find some other way to serve Satan; maybe go to work at FOX News as one of their professional liars.

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Diaporesis

Diaporesis: Deliberating with oneself as though in doubt over some matter; asking oneself (or rhetorically asking one’s hearers) what is the best or appropriate way to approach something [=aporia].

Should I let my daughter cut my hair?

It’s been 2 months since my last haircut–my usual haircutter’s place is closed due to COVID 19.

I’m starting to look like Charles Manson’s older brother.

Maybe I could start a cult?

No, too much work.

My daughter’s not a hairdresser, but I’ve seen what she’s done for other people’s heads. I think I’ll let her do it!

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

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Diaskeue

Diaskeue (di-as-keu’-ee): Graphic peristasis (description of circumstances) intended to arouse the emotions.

Protesters took to the street, descrying racism and police violence, and murder directed toward black people. The protests have been sustained sustaining our faith that maybe this time the guilty police will be brought to justice and reforms will be undertaken that transform America’s police forces.

Viewing the videos of senseless, cruel, and brutal assaults on peaceful people, and the murder of George Floyd, brought all people of good will to the same place: STOP! Stop the beatings with well-worn bloody truncheons. Stop the gassing directed into peoples’ terrified faces. Stop the rubber bullets tearing into innocent torsos. Stop the killing–stop, stop, stop!

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