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!

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

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