“Twenty Special Forms of Rhetoric”
by Dawn B. Seely
From Speculative Grammarian CXLVII.3, March 1993
Reviewed by Claude Searsplainpockets
“Rhetoric has been a topic of academic interest for, approximately, forever,” notes Seely, opening her classic article on traditionally under-studied forms of rhetoric. Indeed.
Yet, few rhetoricians seem to acknowledge these very important, frequently used rhetorical devices, which make up 99% of political rhetoric, 84% of academic writing, and 68% of all discussion in pubs—the rest in most cases being a mix of appeals to emotion, ad hominem attacks, and made-up statistics. Thus, the majority of rhetoricians are, in fact, demonstrably silly. VERY SILLY!
You can do better by reading this article and learning either (1) how to rid your arguments of inappropriate rhetoric, or, (2) how to incorporate argument-winning inappropriate rhetoric into everything you do, rocketing yourself to success! One’s morally superior, but which is which is left as an exercise for the reader. There’s a word in !Xóõ for those who draw the wrong conclusion, but it doesn’t translate well. Silly of you not to know !Xóõ, you know.