“Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.”
Greek, 16th century
The addition of words to clarify meaning. Words added for the purpose of clarifying meaning.
Example: In speaking to hard-right conservatives, I often have to engage in epexegesis to get my point across.
“Ted Cruz: There is nothing more dangerous than a reckless asshole who thinks he is smarter than everyone else.”
John Boehner, former U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the House, on the dust jacket of his upcoming memoir, in which he also assails several other prominent Republicans, including former President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell.
“I knew I needed to go to the podium. I knew that’s what Christ would want me to do. I knew it’s what, as a woman of faith, I needed to do.”
Kayleigh McEnany, former White House spokeswoman on her brief role in the Trump Administration
“The Biden administration must stop importing COVID into our country.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, regarding President Biden’s new immigration policy
“It was unfortunate, very unfortunate, that somehow the government was not able to manage those children in a way that they could be reunited properly. It turned out to be more of a problem than I think any of us imagined it would be.”
“The idea that for fur boy with the red, white, and blue and some of the other nuts in there were some sort of coordinated – it’s just a bunch of idiots, and some of them criminals … to the naked eye, it didn’t look coordinated.”
Wray testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this week about the riots.
“Abbott has purposefully injected a new infection into the state in the form of irresponsible policies that will promote unnecessary infection, hospitalization and death.”
“The Republican Party’s biggest problem is that too many people of color are exercising their right to vote. The party’s solution is a massive push for voter suppression that would make old-time Jim Crow segregationists proud.”
“I think a lot of us assumed that we were the dominant gene – if only because the country was changing so much – that out of its own self-interest the party would have to change. We saw the dark side. We thought it was a recessive gene. And I don’t know any conclusion to come to except that we were wrong.”
“Language… has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.”
French, 17th century
A noisy mock serenade performed by a group of people to celebrate a marriage or mock an unpopular person. A series of discordant noises.
Example: Watching the charivari of conservatives in Orlando reminds me of the Saturday morning cartoons of my childhood.