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Dicaeologia 

Dicaeologia (di-kay-o-lo’-gi-a): Admitting what’s charged against one, but excusing it by necessity.

Yes, I took your car. My mother was having a heart attack. I saw the keys in the ignition. I put her in the car. I drove the car to the hospital. Thankfully, I saved her life.

I apologize for taking your car, but saving my mother’s life was more important than finding you and asking for your permission. I am sorry.

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

A paper edition of The Daily Trope, entitled The Book of Tropes, is available for purchase on Amazon for $9.99 USD. It contains over 200 schemes and tropes with their definitions and examples of each. All of the schemes and tropes are indexed, so it’s easy to find the one you’re looking for. Not only that, the examples of schemes and tropes may prompt you to try to create your own examples as a writing/speaking exercise, and use them as springboards for creating longer narratives.

Dicaeologia

Dicaeologia (di-kay-o-lo’-gi-a): Admitting what’s charged against one, but excusing it by necessity.

A: Did you pee on the bed?

B: Yes, but I didn’t really want to do it. The cadre of ‘property developers’ told me it was a “top secret” fundraising event. Put that way, I couldn’t say no.

And I say, ok, why not? It’s just a bed in a hotel room. My experience as a real estate investor is all I need to make the best choices about things like this: I say no harm no foul: NEWS MEDIA get off my back!

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

A paper edition of The Daily Trope, entitled The Book of Tropes, is available for purchase on Amazon for $9.99 USD. It contains over 200 schemes and tropes with their definitions and examples of each. All of the schemes and tropes are indexed, so it’s easy to find the one you’re looking for. Not only that, the examples of schemes and tropes may prompt you to try to create your own examples as a writing/speaking exercise, and use them as springboards for creating longer narratives.

Dicaeologia

Dicaeologia (di-kay-o-lo’-gi-a): Admitting what’s charged against one, but excusing it by necessity.

A: Did you take my mother’s ashes off the fireplace mantle?

B: Yes, but I was forced to do it by our house cleaner. He refused to “dust the dead” and told me if I didn’t get the ashes out of the house immediately and forever he would quit right on the spot. I panicked. I had no choice.  I picked up the urn, ran out to the garage and put your mother’s ashes on the shelf alongside the mole repellent. I know your mother would like that.  She was so fond of furry little critters. Remember the time Spotty brought home the little wriggly bleeding vole when your mom was visiting from . . .

A: You call that an excuse? It sounds more like the beginning of an episode of “American Horror Story.” What are you going to tell me next, that you’re going to enjoy choking on the bag of used kitty litter out on the back porch?

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

Dicaeologia

Dicaeologia (di-kay-o-lo’-gi-a): Admitting what’s charged against one, but excusing it by necessity.

A: Did you take my duct tape from the garage?

B: Yes, but I was forced to do it by Bob Vila’s insane brother Tooly.  I had no choice. He threatened me with a Ryobi 4.5 inch barrel grip angle grinder. It was cordless. I couldn’t just run away. He said he was desperate–that he needed the duct tape because his life was coming apart and the duct tape would temporarily hold it together until he was able to get to Ace Hardware and steal 12  Bessey Classix, 12″ x 4-3/4″ Bar Clamps with Heavy Duty Pad, Model GSL30; 1 gallon of Loctite® Vinyl, Fabric & Plastic Flexible Adhesive; and 2 ten-packs of Keeper® Ultra Bungee Cords.

A: Well, that settles it. Pack your tools honey. It’s time for you to move out of this old house for awhile.  I’ll drive you to Home Depot’s “Center for the Treatment of  DYI Addiction” & you’ll get better before you can say “BLUE MAX 18-inch 45cc Chainsaw!”

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

Dicaeologia

Dicaeologia (di-kay-o-lo’-gi-a): Admitting what’s charged against one, but excusing it by necessity.

A: I got your message. One more promise broken. One more weekend blown off!

B: I’m sorry. Yes, it’s true–one more promise broken.  I should’ve told you in my message why I can’t come up. I have poison ivy all over my legs. They’re coated with lotion and they’re so swollen that I can’t drive. In fact, I can hardly walk. I really don’t have a choice about coming up. How about next weekend? I hope the poison ivy will be gone by then.

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