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Eutrepismus

Eutrepismus (eu-tre-pis’-mus): Numbering and ordering the parts under consideration. A figure of division, and of ordering.

There are three reasons for getting rid of our current Chief Executive:

1. He’s incompetent.

2. He’s hopelessly incompetent.

3. He’s really incompetent.

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

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Eutrepismus

Eutrepismus (eu-tre-pis’-mus): Numbering and ordering the parts under consideration. A figure of division, and of ordering.

There are two answers to the following question: 1. Yes. 2. No. “I don’t know” is not an option.

Were you at home last night from 9-11pm?

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

Eutrepismus

Eutrepismus (eu-tre-pis’-mus): Numbering and ordering the parts under consideration. A figure of division, and of ordering.

There are supposedly two stages to an organism’s existence: 1. Living. 2. Dying. Nevertheless,  living is dying and dying is living.  There is a third term that addresses the apparent contradiction: Waiting.

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

Eutrepismus

Eutrepismus (eu-tre-pis’-mus): Numbering and ordering the parts under consideration. A figure of division, and of ordering.

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

Eutrepismus

Eutrepismus (eu-tre-pis’-mus): Numbering and ordering the parts under consideration. A figure of division, and of ordering.

Talk about rhetoric often attempts to denigrate rhetoric. This is deeply ironic.  That is, talk about rhetoric that advances a judgment of rhetoric is itself a rhetorical act! For example, we’ve all probably heard these two put-downs (or variations): (1) Stop the rhetoric and get to the reality; and (2) That’s just a lot of rhetoric.

Let’s take a closer look at the first put-down . . .

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