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Rhetorical Devices: Metaphor

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Metaphor Origin: From the Greek μεταφορά (metaphora), meaning “transfer”. In plain English: Comparing two things (that are often not … Continue reading

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The Elements of Eloquence

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my series on rhetorical devices. Figures of rhetoric such as anaphora, epistrophe, epizeuxis and others, when used properly, can set a speech on fire so that it blazes in the memories of … Continue reading

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Seven Powerful Public Speaking Lessons from “Mad Men”

My recent post in which I had some fun with the hit TV series, Breaking Bad, reminded me of a clip from another popular series, Mad Men. If you who don’t know the show, Mad Men is set in the 1960s and is focused on … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Aporia

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Aporia Origin: From the Greek ἄπορος (aporos), meaning “impassable”. In plain English: An expression of uncertainty or doubt. … Continue reading

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A Violin, a Subway Station and a Lesson from Aristotle

At approximately 7:45 on a chilly Friday morning in January 2007, a young man with a violin case entered one of the subway stations in Washington, D.C. He took up a position near a wall and a garbage can, took … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Commoratio

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Commoratio Origin: From the Latin meaning to delay or dwell on a point. In plain English: Repetition … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Sententia

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Sententia Origin: From the Latin, meaning “feeling” or “thought” or “opinion”. In plain English: The use of … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Diacope

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Diacope Origin: From the Greek διακοπή (thiakhopi), meaning “cut in two”. In plain English: Repetition of a word … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Erotema

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Erotema Origin: From the Greek ερωτημα (erotema), meaning “question”. In plain English: A question that is asked … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Epanalepsis

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Epanalepsis Origin: From the Greek ἐπανάληψις (epanalipsis), meaning “repetition” or “resumption”. In plain English: Repeating the initial word … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Anadiplosis

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Anadiplosis Origin: From the Greek ἀναδίπλωσις (anathiplosis), meaning “doubling” or “folding”. In plain English: Beginning a sentence or … Continue reading

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“It’s Halftime in America” — An Analysis

Every year, the commercials during the Superbowl are anticipated with almost as much enthusiasm as the game itself. This year was no exception. One commercial that caught my attention was Chrysler’s motivational offering entitled “It’s Halftime America” and featuring Clint Eastwood. … Continue reading

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