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Diacope (di-a’-co-pee): Repetition of a word with one or more between, usually to express deep feeling.

I can’t believe you stole Mr. Woo-woo. You and me have been friends for almost 2 months, and you stole Woo-woo right out of the big cardboard box while we were sleeping! Stole my beloved little puppy. Don’t tell me you took him to the Vet you miserable creep.  You stole Woo-woo. I don’t care about the fake Vet bill you’re waving at me! I don’t care that you brought Woo-woo back. That’s not the point. When he was gone, he was stolen and you stole him.

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

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Diaphora (di-a’-pho-ra): Repetition of a common name so as to perform two logical functions: to designate an individual and to signify the qualities connoted by that individual’s name or title.

Glitch McConnell is a US Senator, and as a Senator, in addition to Kentucky, Glitch represents evil, bigotry, selfishness and a complete lack of empathy. Do you think he enjoys seeing all those children locked up along the Mexican border? You bet does! I don’t know whether he’s from Hell, or headed to Hell. Glitch must find some other way to serve Satan; maybe go to work at FOX News as one of their professional liars.

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

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Exouthenismos (ex-ou-then-is’-mos): An expression of contempt.

Words can’t express how disgusting you are! Oh wait–to some extent they can. You are a lying piece of shit. Your term of office as President of the United States has been like a clogged toilet–floating shit fragments, brown water and stained toilet paper waiting to be plunged out and sent to the septic tank where you and all your ideas, and actions, and advisors belong.

So, President Stench, go to hell. The sooner the better.

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

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Prozeugma (pro-zoog’-ma): A series of clauses in which the verb employed in the first is elided (and thus implied) in the others.

I listened to the hearings. The fairytale context setting stories. The invited guests’ narratives with no foundations in fact. The sad excuses for lawyers and elected officials representing Republican interests. The sideshow with one pitiful side and one praiseworthy side.

I wonder what the outcome will be. I know what it should be.

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

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Dialogismus (di-a-lo-giz’-mus): Speaking as someone else, either to bring in others’ points of view into one’s own speech, or to conduct a pseudo-dialog through taking up an opposing position with oneself.

‘On Friday I helped make America safe again. These Executive Orders are the best thing going anywhere & I mean it.’

We all know why your Executive Orders are the ‘best thing going.’ It’s because you don’t need to do anything except co-author them with you loony advisors, sign them, and hand them over–a truly convenient way of constituting your authority, bypassing Congress, and literally ‘ruling’ the USA with edicts covering the range of your campaign promises.

However, we would prefer legislation–that Congress play a key role in forming new laws of the land and judges play a role where the Executive Orders (AKA edicts) are contested on Constitutional grounds.

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