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Apodixis

Apodixis (a-po-dix’-is): Proving a statement by referring to common knowledge or general experience.


A: I am a space alien. I constantly wear this fish bowl on my head. Without it, my head would melt into some kind of Earth-goo. I would die. Have you ever seen a space alien not wearing a fishbowl? Of course not, but you still don’t believe me. Notice how I am able to prance around the room. My prancing capacities are due to the lighter pull of Earth’s gravity. On my planet, we must be lifted by cranes from our chairs and we can only walk two or three feet before resting. You do understand gravity, don’t you? But, you still don’t believe me. Ok ok. Let’s have a look at my spaceship in the driveway. We all know that space aliens can’t get here unless they fly here in a spaceship!

B: It’s your mother’s Ford Fiesta.

A: She’s not my mother, I just live here. Now, let’s have a look at this so-called ‘Ford Fiesta.’ Notice, it has windows and seatbelts—absolutely necessary for blasting off, space cruising, and landing. The wheels are handy too. Let’s take a look under the hood—I’ll show you the power plant.

B: Oh, okay, gotta see the power plant. Is it 4 cylinder? Ha ha!

A: Behold, the power plant!

B: You’re insane—it’s a walnut!

A: Yes. Notice it’s got a subtle red glow, and it’s putting out a little heat right now. We all know, where there’s heat there’s energy and where there’s energy there’s power. If I shift it into drive, and press the actuator with my foot, I’m flyin’ home. Surely you believe me now. Want to do some Space Truckin’? Maybe we’ll run into Deep Purple up there! Or Leonard Nimoy. Or HAL. You never know! Ha ha!

B: I’m calling 911 mister space loon. Hello 911? I’ve got a raging lunatic here. Yes, he’s in the driveway by his mother’s Ford Fiesta. Wait! He’s gone, and the car too and it smells like walnuts where the car was parked. Do you believe in space aliens?

911: No sir. We’ll send somebody over to give you a ride to the clinic. Routine observation.

B: A crowd was gathering in the driveway. I noticed two of them were wearing fishbowls on their heads. I hid inside the house and waited for my ride to the clinic.


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Apodioxis

Apodioxis (ap-o-di-ox’-is): Rejecting of someone or something (such as the adversary’s argument) as being impertinent, needless, absurd, false, or wicked.


We do not need another damn blender! We have three already, for God’s sake. When you started on your smoothie kick, I thought it was ok—healthy beverages are good. But now, seeing three blenders lined up on the kitchen counter makes me crazy. Why do you have to give each of your blenders a three-day rest between their use? Why have you decided you need four blenders now for a four-day rest? I mean, we don’t need four cars or lawnmowers for “resting” purposes.

So, if you try to bring another blender into this house, I am going to turn off the electricity and call your grandmother. You can go stay with her and have all the blenders you want! Once you’re out of here, I’m bringing my other five toasters back up from the basement and resume toasting English muffins the way they should be toasted.

No more blenders!


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

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Apodioxis

Apodioxis (ap-o-di-ox’-is): Rejecting of someone or something (such as the adversary’s argument) as being impertinent, needless, absurd, false, or wicked.

What? You say you need to have a tattoo of a USB cable done on your right butt cheek to balance out the tattoo on your left butt cheek?  Come on, don’t be absurd!

Maybe you need to “balance out” how you think about tattoos! I still don’t know why you have a MAC-Book tattooed on your left butt cheek! As far as I’m concerned, the only thing that will balance out the MAC-Book would be its removal, and I’m willing to pay for it!

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

Apodioxis

Apodioxis (ap-o-di-ox’-is): Rejecting of someone or something (such as the adversary’s argument) as being impertinent, needless, absurd, false, or wicked.

What? We need another 40″ TV? Where are we going to put it? In the garage? We already have four TVs. We do not need another one! Forget about it.

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Apodioxis

Apodioxis (ap-o-di-ox’-is): Rejecting of someone or something (such as the adversary’s argument) as being impertinent, needless, absurd, false, or wicked.

I can’t believe what I just heard! You say the death penalty saves money–it’s cheaper than life sentences–we’ll save money on food and “housing” if we take prisoners’ lives–comparing the cost of a lethal injection to the cost of a life sentence as a good reason for supporting the death penalty is absurd–no it’s worse than absurd–it’s downright evil!  Let’s just call your so-called argument “accounting gone wild” or “bookkeeping for psychopaths” and move on to something worth talking about–something to the point–something reasonable!

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