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Current events news and media coverage of ongoing trouble in the Greek economy should remind us all of the cultural debt owed to Ancient Greece. Lest we forget, the basis of every effective form of persuasion, legal argument, political campaign and advertisement is STILL the Aristotelian appeals of… 49 more words


Antenantiosis  (an’-ten-an’-ti-os’-is): See litotes. (Deliberate understatement, especially when expressing a thought by denying its opposite. The Ad Herennium author suggests litotes as a means of expressing modesty in order to gain the audience’s favor ). 387 more words

Figures Of Speech

Anthony Stansfeld - gelded by paper

The Oxford Union held a debate on the motion “This House Has No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Police Force“. It is by any measure a sensitive subject so I intend to cover four of the speeches in the debate. 457 more words

Speech Critique

Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

We all know of the three types of argument that are discussed in books or are used in everyday life: pathos, ethos, and logos. Pathos are arguments based on the emotions we shared or use upon others in many various ways. 463 more words

The Art Of Persuasion

Rhetoric is often used in arguments, discussions, or advertisements to persuade an audience of a point. The most common strategies are ethos, pathos, and logos. 376 more words


John Waters: The People's Pervert

On 30 May, 2015, John Waters delivered a Commencement Address to students at Rhode Island School of Design. I am indebted to a reader of this blog, and friend, Duncan Goldie-Scot for drawing it to my attention. 535 more words

Speech Critique