WOW: apophasis



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.



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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