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If it’s to be

If it’s to be, it’s up to me. — William H. Johnsen The rhetorical device and/or Greek figure used is rhyme, where you duplicate a sound in words, or parts of words. Also, from a persuasive stand point, it’s a … Continue reading

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Til We Have Faces

Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words. — Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis … Continue reading

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Every this Every that

“a guy hitting every mark, nailing every line, every joke, with a full house screaming.” & “I missed practice. We’re talking about practice … practice is for amateurs, you know?” — Charlie Sheen, as quoted on TodayShow.com The rhetorical device … Continue reading

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A drug called Charlie Sheen

I am on a drug, it’s called Charlie Sheen. — Charlie Sheen The rhetorical device and/or Greek figure used is anthimeria, where you take a word in one part of speech, like a noun (in this case, a proper noun) and … Continue reading

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Two and a Half Men

[creator Chuck Lorre is] a stupid, stupid little man and a pu**y punk that I never want to be like. — Charlie Sheen The rhetorical devices and/or Greek figures used are the figure of repetition epizeuxis for stupid stupid (battologia for … Continue reading

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Teeth or tails

Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail. — Proverb The persuasive element is selectional restriction violation as winter doesn’t literally have teeth or tails, therefore cannot bite or lash.  Even though, it’s not quite an anthropomorphism as the … Continue reading

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Savor a bad mood

I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood. — Bill Watterson The rhetorical device, or Greek figure, is syncrisis, because of the pattern of the close comparison through similarity with something else, … Continue reading

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Winter sass

Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.” — Robert Byrne The rhetorical figure, is snoclone. It’s a snoclone because it follows a familiar (yet elusive origin) pattern of “X is Y’s way of saying Z;” anthropomorphism due to the fact … Continue reading

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The world will know peace

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. –Jimi Hendrix The Greek figure and/or rhetorical device is antimetabole, as the power-love-love-power creates an obvious ABBA pattern using the exact same words (which distinguishes … Continue reading

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King’s Speech

I always thought the film should be called  “The King’s Speech Therapist .” — Geoffrey Rush, on the Today Show 2011 Feb 07 while being interviewed for his masterful role in The King’s Speech The persuasive element is reformed cliché-esque. The … Continue reading

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