Apodixis (a-po-dix’-is): Proving a statement by referring to common knowledge or general experience.
A: You ain’t goin’ nowhere no how. This here is duck tape honey.
B: I’ll just wait for the sun to warm the duct tape. The adhesive will soften, and I will easily free myself, you stupid yahoo.
A: You hadn’t oughtened a’ told me that Rosebud now I’m gonna have to set ya’ in the freezer.
B: Ok shit pants. The duct tape will freeze and crystallize and the tape will easily come lose. The freezer has an inside latch. I will burst out and club you with a frozen leg of lamb.
A: Dang it all! You’re a pesky little critter, ain’t you?
B: Yes, I’m, as you say, “pesky.” But, let me go and I’ll give you a million dollars. I’ll mail it to you when I get home. As you know, desperate people do desperate things. In my case, that involves giving you a pile of money.
A: Well, heck. Y’all paint a pretty little picture there. You let me ride home with you and you got a deal, Rosebud.
B: Ok. Let me put this duct tape around your wrists and ankles so I can trust you.
Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).
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