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Systrophe (si’-stro-fee): The listing of many qualities or descriptions of someone or something, without providing an explicit definition.

Straight up into the air!  Buzzing softly overhead–my eye in the sky, my chopper on the roam, my battery-powered aerial eavesdropper.

Checking out the neighbors’ hot tub. Live-streaming video! Shotgun. Uh oh.

BA-BOOM! Shards of plastic. Styrofoam snow.  Bye, bye, birdie-sky-eye!

Time for me to go. Uh oh. Too late. Sirens, red lights, squealing tires, under arrest. $200.00 fine. Community service, 5 months.

Now my neighbors hate me and call me Sky Peeper, wave their fists, and curse at me every Thursday when I take out the trash.

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


Personification: Reference to abstractions or inanimate objects as though they had human [or animate] qualities or abilities. The English term for prosopopeia (pro-so-po-pe’-i-a) or ethopoeia (e-tho-po’-ia): the description and portrayal of a character (natural propensities, manners and affections, etc.).

Drones deal death from the bottom of the deck.

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Epexegesis (ep-ex-e-ge’-sis): When one interprets what one has just said. A kind of redefinition or self-interpretation (often signaled by constructions such as “that is to say. . .”).

A beehive’s drones’ sole function is to procreate, that is, they are genetically devoted to perpetuating their species.  Their stingers have morphed into penises. They benignly target the Queen, mate, and make more bees.

Question: Why does the US call its remote-controlled killer aircraft “Drones”?  Answer: because they’re drudges that fly and make a droning sound! But, their sole purpose is to serve King Death.

As a metonymy, calling a flying remote-controlled killing machine a drone is like calling a seat used for executing people an electric chair.

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