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Rhetoric is mostly dishonest slight of mind.

LOL, best freudian pun today!

if you meant _sleight.

here's an interesting slant i've not seen here yet.

when someone says 'i was speaking rhetorically', or 'it was a rhetorical question', there is a whiff of insincerity, or self-indugence implicit in that. something fictive, ersatz.

just to further highlight the intense moral ambiguity in the word's dna.

it's pretty much a noble-sounding antique term for what they call 'spin' these days. it used to often come with 'flowery' appended to it...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Dec 4th, 2008 at 10:21:28 PM EST
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