Heterogenium (he’-ter-o-gen-i-um): Avoiding an issue by changing the subject to something different. Sometimes considered a vice.
Friend: Well Mark, it looks like Facebook took an about face for the US government and turned its back on my privacy!
Mark: Well, there’s privacy and then there’s privacy, and, on that note I’d like to make something public right here and right now! Priscilla lost five pounds on the Facebook weight-loss program!
Friend: Weight-loss program?
Mark: Yes, that’s right! It’s an exciting new Facebook feature that is rolling out next week. We’re calling it “Friend your way to a new figure!”
Friend: Wow! I can hardly wait to tell my all my friends!
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)
Inopinatum (in-o-pi-na’-tum): The expression of one’s inability to believe or conceive of something; a type of faux wondering. As such, this kind of paradox is much like aporia and functions much like a rhetorical question or erotema. [A paradox is] a statement that is self-contradictory on the surface, yet seems to evoke a truth nonetheless.
I can’t imagine what the world would be like without the internet–if John Lennon were still alive I bet he could write a song about it–
“Imagine there’s no email, push notifications, tweets, or chats:
No emoticons or Facebooks, no stupid threaded gmail spats.
Imagine all the people living face-to-face:
Smelling and touching each other, dancing, and hugging and actually being some place.
I know I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one:
If we shut down the internet the world would be more fun.”
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu). Bracketed text added by Gorgias.
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