Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, August 23, 2012 - apophasis
Posted on 08/23/2012 4:11:34 AM PDT by secret garden
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
apophasis [uh-pof'-uh-sis] noun
1. denial of one's intention to speak of a subject that is at the same time named or insinuated, as I shall not mention Caesar's avarice, nor his cunning, nor his morality.
2. the raising of an issue by claiming not to mention it (as in we won't discuss his past crimes)
Obama similarly employed apophasis when he asserted that "nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon."
--James Taranto, Best of the Web, WSJ, August 21, 2012
Late Latin, repudiation, from Greek, denial, negation, from apophanai to deny, from apo- + phanai to say. First Known Use: 1657
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!
Rise and shine!
Early bird good morning.
I won’t discuss Hillary’s elephantiasis
Or cruelly use words of apophasis
Despite cankles, shrill voice
She’s a much better choice
“Who was born here” (I added for emphasis)
A+ for the Birther!
a pop has sis just means my aunt. Course you'll notice I had to use an extra “s” but if Mississippi can do it so can I.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan of NY is scheduled to offer the benediction at the close of the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week. In apophetic form, he announced that it was just to be viewed as a prayer, not necessarily a political endorsement. He then announced that he would be pleased to perform the same service for the Democrats, which would be awkward since he is currently suing the Democrats.
I love Cardinal Dolan.
Here! Take apophasis blunt! Good bud! Cough! Cough!
No one's actually confirmed that Obama is an alien who styles himself as a god, bent on global domination....
“I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”
Had to look, sure enough, the comments were along the lines of what I was thinking.
It’s unfortunate however that Dolan invited Obama to the Al Smith dinner.
Cannot wait to see the jokes about Obama daring to come to the dinner considering all the Catholics there.
That’s A perfect example!
TMI from anchor Joe. A+ for you!
That’s picture perfect. A+ for you!
Well done, by the master himself. A for you.
I wonder who the three are.
You just know Bill Clinton is one of them as he takes what he wants and is not very discriminating.
Thanks. Popped right into my mind.
The rolled-up sleeves kill me, as if he’s ever done a thing in his life that required him to roll them up. Pansy. There, I said it.
He may have counted Billy Jeff more than once.
I snicker at the “you didn’t build that” statement of his....because I doubt he built anything in his entire life. What would he know about it?
Great word today. Who would have thought there would be a specific word for saying what you’re not saying?
I think it’s a keeper!
A certain apophasis might be necessary here, although it was probably stupid to mention this at all in public:
It would not surprise me if it happens. A+ for you.
The apophasis in every sentence
Of Obama’s ranting speeches
Are a chance to observe one
Not practicing what he preaches
I doubt he really listens to
The rhetoric he is spewing
While ignoring the misery index
As if it were not his doing
At this rate, come November
I could be living in a shack
But I’ll laugh when he goes down-
I can dust off and climb back
At least you have skills, intelligence, and initiative, three things he is lacking. A+ for you.
Omg I am in tears!! On the floor!!!
And every single one looks ashamed!
Except the cats. They look indignant at being photographed.
Thank you! I just howled over the dog shaming-never realized so many dogs considered cats’ litter boxes buffet tables-Husky girl does that once in a blue moon, but not often...
My cats are really very good, as cats go-Yeti boy chews house plants and digs them out of their pots, and Titus stalks Midget girl tirelessly until she howls in terror for rescue, but that is all.
Yes, it happens.
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