WOW: apophasis


 

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NoThis week’s Word of the Week is: apophasis.

Apophasis is an amusing little rhetorical device where a subject is brought up by specifically saying that it will not be mentioned.

An example would be: “I’m not even going to mention that ten bucks you still owe me.”

The word comes from the Greek meaning literally to say no or deny.

 

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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