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Rhetoric: The Most Misunderstood, "Nonexistent" Language

By Veronica U.-K.

Rhetoric. We all learned about it in high school. I was taught it is language that is designed to have a sort of persuasive effect on its audience. 304 more words

Word Vomit Galore

Table-Turning: A Close Reading of Marx

Marx wastes little time in presenting the illusion he plans to dismantle: that ‘a commodity appears…a trivial thing, and easily understood.[1] This mock thesis is immediately followed by its antithetical refutation, which forms the basis of Marx’s argument: that ‘it is, in reality, a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties’. 1,133 more words

Critical Theory

Looking Honest

I have failed to mention that rhetoric is one of my favourite studies; it’s not surprising though, as my first post would imply. I have learned how to look honest, yet be working for my own selfish works by a key trick that can be learned from Abraham Lincoln. 261 more words


Antanagoge (an’-ta-na’-go-gee): Putting a positive spin on something that is nevertheless acknowledged to be negative or difficult.

In the controversies over the efficacy of flying the Confederate flag on government properties, we find ourselves at a crossroad–a crossroad made of stars and bars. 289 more words

Figures Of Speech

FTAC - On the Opposition of the Lawless to the Influence of Israel

The world is the world as found, X., and we’re a wild species in it. The AQ-Typicals and the Hezbollahvirus may be part of a larger mix of lawless souls represented by Russia’s Emperor De Facto and his “New Nobility” and assorted New Nationalists and National Socialists, and that is what has the UN going after Israel and the inheritors in whole and part of the legacy of Moses the Lawgiver. 828 more words

Conflict - Culture - Language - Psychology


Antenantiosis  (an’-ten-an’-ti-os’-is): See litotes. (Deliberate understatement, especially when expressing a thought by denying its opposite. The Ad Herennium author suggests litotes as a means of expressing modesty in order to gain the audience’s favor ). 387 more words

Figures Of Speech

Turn, Turn, Turn Again . . .

For my inaugural post in this new blogging environment, I am migrating (with minor edits) a post I made some time ago to my old blog ( 834 more words