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· Figurative Rhetoric: A Ringing Endorsement ·

Though I've nothing to say for myself today, do trust me. For I've a ringing endorsement. Perhaps as old as the 3R's — if you count Repetition, Redundancy, and Reverberation, too — it's for rhetoric, Rhetoric, RHETORIC (or, in this instance, commoratio: "dwelling on the point"), and that with style.

What I've in mind here is a fine new weblog, called Figures of Speech, It Figures, by Jay Heinrichs. Here's Jay's entry for October 4:

· See Harriet Judge. Judge, Harriet, Judge ·

 · Harriet Says Her 3R's · Quote: "I've known Harriet for more than a decade. I know her heart. I know her character." President Bush, introducing Supreme Court nominee Harriet Ellan Miers.

Figure of Speech: anaphora (ann AH for ah), the first-word repeater.

The president loves the anaphora, which repeats the first word of successive clauses or sentences. It's the most plain-spoken of figures. It sounds right. It sounds true. It gives Bush fewer words to remember.

Snappy Answer: "But does Harriet know the Constitution?"

If you want other sharp figures of speech every day, do tune in, for Jay has the sense to teach us all rhetoric, Rhetoric, RHETORIC with, well . . .

recency, Relevancy, and RELIABILITY, too.

But I doubt Jay's a republican, Republican, REPUBLICAN.


Posted by Figaro on October 10, 2005 02:21 PM

. . . figaro, Figaro, FIGARO!

Alas, poor Styles doesn't even have an "alter ego" around here.

Do forgive me; I'd forgotten.

Posted by Styles on October 10, 2005 05:44 PM

What fun! Thanks for introducing us to an interesting correspondent! "More, please," in an Oliverian Twisted sort of way.

Posted by Loretta Markle on October 11, 2005 01:06 PM

I would prefer "Chubby Chekovian."

Posted by Styles on October 11, 2005 01:38 PM

Alas, poor Harriet Miers withdrew her name for consideration today.

Our president knew her heart, her character, but not, alas, her mind.

Posted by Styles on October 27, 2005 04:31 PM

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