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Epanodos (e-pan’-o-dos): 1. Repeating the main terms of an argument in the course of presenting it. 2. Returning to the main theme after a digression. 3. Returning to and providing additional detail for items mentioned previously (often using parallelism).

Uncertainty is looking for faith, faith for the foundation of trust, trust for the will to believe, belief for the motive to act.

Sadly, there’s no guaranteed connection between faith, trust, belief, and action’s consequences. Things often do not ‘turn out’ as expected. Nevertheless, we cannot jettison faith, trust, belief and action.  Ironically, claiming not to be a bearer of faith, one is claiming to have faith in not having faith. The same goes for trust.  That is, mistrust is trust, nevertheless. The same goes for belief.  That is, disbelief is belief, nevertheless. Regarding action, action inevitably conjures consequences: even inaction has consequences, as does indifference.

So, we are left with irony as the atmosphere of human existence: everything is potentially its opposite, and judgment navigates being’s endlessly revolving sphere by turning and returning to yes and no, time after time after time. . . .

So, uncertainty is looking for faith, faith for the foundation of trust, trust for the will to believe, belief for the motive to act. Looking, looking, looking–never seeing, we survive Irony’s atmosphere by attending the banquet of conversation and consuming the hooked exclamation points that pass as question marks. Being hooked, what is there left to say?

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


Horismus (hor-is’-mus): Providing a clear, brief definition, especially by explaining differences between associated terms.

Love: Eternity’s echo resounding in the thump of Jubal’s pulse.  Love surpasses liking as liking surpasses interest, as interest surpasses indifference, as indifference barely surpasses death, devoid of hope and fear, a durable monument to mortality set on a crooked pedestal leaning toward Irony.

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

Sarcasmus (sar’kaz’-mus): Use of mockery, verbal taunts, or bitter irony.

Don-cha just love Sarah Palin! She’s there for pistol packer patriot Ted Nugent! Just like him, she’s tolerant, respectful, and wise.  They’re like two peas in a red, white, and blue pod.

Let’s pull our .357’s, aim high, and fire a few hundred rounds toward Washington as a tribute to freedom of expression and a show of support for Sarah and Ted, Wild Turkey, Fox News, and the NRA!

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


Epitrope (e-pi’-tro-pe): A figure in which one turns things over to one’s hearers, either pathetically, ironically, or in such a way as to suggest a proof of something without having to state it. Epitrope often takes the form of granting permission (hence its Latin name, permissio), submitting something for consideration, or simply referring to the abilities of the audience to supply the meaning that the speaker passes over (hence Puttenham’s term, figure of reference). Epitrope can be either biting in its irony, or flattering in its deference.

A specific form of epitrope is the (apparent) admission of what is wrong in order to carry our point.

Go ahead–give them permission to drill all the offshore oil wells they want to. Nobody will care. Nobody will protest. Nobody will try to have you thrown out of office. Go ahead!

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