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Assonance and Alliteration
Epistrophe / Antistrophe
We're lucky to get speakers now that use alliteration, and I think they only use that as a mnemonic device. So have you brushed up on your rhetoric lately? Could come in handy for copywriting.
Do you think rhetoric is even recognized by the audience now? Or do listeners just assign a pass/fail grade to speeches? Recently, it seems rhetoric has been given a bad rap. As witnessed by all the "just rhetoric" condemnations in the media. Of course, in those cases, I'm not sure the people making the "just rhetoric" statements are using the same definition I use.
Is rhetoric part of the instruction for trial lawyers?
<added />My sense of courtroom drama might be influenced by Perry Mason and Vincent Bugliosi. ;)
Do you think rhetoric is even recognized by the audience now?
Re: Political correctness... That's one problem. Being verbally persuasive is regarded with suspicions that you're trying to manipulate people (Clinton being called "Slick Willy" for instance). Which, of course, you are, and I fail to see why that's necessarily a bad thing.
It's fine for advertising agencies to manipulate the bejeezus out of the public, under the rubric of their clients' "right to do business," so perhaps it's only OK if you're selling something.
"rout'n 'em out 'n bringin' 'em ta justice"?
I imagine the "Doe in headlights" look as it's being said. I find it humorous, yet it depresses me at the same time, and still yet... part of me is enraged. What ever happened to the days of just speeking?
I supposed it's justificated if yuh dun gots lotsta money?