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Word For The Day, Thursday, August 23, 2012 - apophasis
WSJ | 23 August 2012 | The penultimate sub

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”)

Example sentence:
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

Etymology:
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 Threads:

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!


TOPICS: Word For The Day
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1 posted on 08/23/2012 4:11:40 AM PDT by secret garden
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To: secret garden; Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; ...

Rise and shine!


2 posted on 08/23/2012 4:12:35 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Early bird good morning.


3 posted on 08/23/2012 4:19:49 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Howdy Truthy!
4 posted on 08/23/2012 4:27:19 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

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)


5 posted on 08/23/2012 4:35:44 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

A+ for the Birther!


6 posted on 08/23/2012 4:46:51 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
It isn't easy to get up early enough to get my comments in before someone says something worthwhile but here's trying:

apophasis

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.

7 posted on 08/23/2012 5:02:17 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: secret garden

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.


8 posted on 08/23/2012 5:41:19 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: secret garden

Here! Take apophasis blunt! Good bud! Cough! Cough!


9 posted on 08/23/2012 5:42:52 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: secret garden
There is no apophasis from Joe Biden who, by the way, has known three presidents intimately.
10 posted on 08/23/2012 5:50:29 AM PDT by NeoCaveman ("If I had a son he'd look like B.O.'s lunch" - Rin Tin Tin)
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To: secret garden
Photobucket

No one's actually confirmed that Obama is an alien who styles himself as a god, bent on global domination....

11 posted on 08/23/2012 5:55:28 AM PDT by mikrofon (Lord Obamapophis)
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To: secret garden

Ronald Reagan:

“I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”


12 posted on 08/23/2012 6:16:58 AM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: NeoCaveman

Had to look, sure enough, the comments were along the lines of what I was thinking.


13 posted on 08/23/2012 6:26:29 AM PDT by tioga
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s unfortunate however that Dolan invited Obama to the Al Smith dinner.


14 posted on 08/23/2012 6:26:40 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Cannot wait to see the jokes about Obama daring to come to the dinner considering all the Catholics there.


15 posted on 08/23/2012 6:28:47 AM PDT by tioga
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To: randita

That’s A perfect example!


16 posted on 08/23/2012 6:28:47 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: count-your-change
A for you!
17 posted on 08/23/2012 6:58:02 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
A for you!
18 posted on 08/23/2012 6:59:19 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
A for you!
19 posted on 08/23/2012 7:00:34 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: NeoCaveman

TMI from anchor Joe. A+ for you!


20 posted on 08/23/2012 7:03:54 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: mikrofon

That’s picture perfect. A+ for you!


21 posted on 08/23/2012 7:05:25 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: randita

Well done, by the master himself. A for you.


22 posted on 08/23/2012 7:06:40 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

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.


23 posted on 08/23/2012 7:36:38 AM PDT by NeoCaveman ("If I had a son he'd look like B.O.'s lunch" - Rin Tin Tin)
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To: secret garden

Thanks. Popped right into my mind.


24 posted on 08/23/2012 7:57:56 AM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: secret garden
I laugh every time I see this pic. Priceless. From Reuters. ....I don't need to mention his TOTUS nickname do I?
25 posted on 08/23/2012 8:10:23 AM PDT by tioga
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To: tioga

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.


26 posted on 08/23/2012 8:20:57 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: NeoCaveman

He may have counted Billy Jeff more than once.


27 posted on 08/23/2012 8:22:17 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

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?


28 posted on 08/23/2012 8:35:55 AM PDT by tioga
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To: secret garden

Great word today. Who would have thought there would be a specific word for saying what you’re not saying?


29 posted on 08/23/2012 9:06:37 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

I think it’s a keeper!


30 posted on 08/23/2012 9:13:35 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

A certain apophasis might be necessary here, although it was probably stupid to mention this at all in public:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2921942/posts


31 posted on 08/23/2012 10:37:15 AM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: MoochPooch

It would not surprise me if it happens. A+ for you.


32 posted on 08/23/2012 12:15:25 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

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


33 posted on 08/23/2012 1:21:08 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

At least you have skills, intelligence, and initiative, three things he is lacking. A+ for you.


34 posted on 08/23/2012 1:31:59 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: Texan5; tioga; xsmommy
Do you have a bad dog? Now you can scold them publicly.
35 posted on 08/23/2012 1:33:29 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Omg I am in tears!! On the floor!!!


36 posted on 08/23/2012 1:44:03 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

I ROR’d.


37 posted on 08/23/2012 1:45:17 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

And every single one looks ashamed!


38 posted on 08/23/2012 1:48:44 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Except the cats. They look indignant at being photographed.


39 posted on 08/23/2012 1:56:06 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

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...


40 posted on 08/23/2012 3:05:22 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: xsmommy

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.


41 posted on 08/23/2012 3:14:02 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

Yes, it happens.


42 posted on 08/24/2012 4:43:59 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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