Recent Articles in Rhetorical Devices

March 13, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Tricolon


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What public speaking technique can bring a certain fullness, roundness, or tension to help your message take off? Try this month's rhetorical device...

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February 20, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Antithesis


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Why are we pro-antithesis? Here's how this artful juxtaposition can sharpen your point, challenge injustice, or make hearts soar--and make your words more memorable.

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February 5, 2019

State of the Union: Rhetorical Device Bingo


Rhetorical Devices , Just For Fun , Significant Speeches

What rhetorical devices will make their way into the State of the Union address? And will you be able to spot them all? Play Rhetorical Device Bingo with us and see if you're a winner...

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January 11, 2019

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Asyndeton


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No ands or buts, if you use this rhetorical device you can improve the odds that your speech will pack some punch.

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November 29, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Epizeuxis


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Deliberate repetition is one of the most powerful techniques a public speaker can use. Perhaps that's why there are so many rhetorical devices related to repeating. Here's why this one has us saying "dilly, dilly"...

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October 30, 2018

Paranomasia: How punny is that?


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That queasy feeling you get when you hear a corny pun in a speech? Our rhetorical device of the month diagnosis: Looks like a case of paranomasia.

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September 26, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Dysphemism


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If a euphemism is a substitution that softens an expression, then the opposite of that would be...our latest rhetorical device of the month.

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August 27, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Anadiplosis


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A rhetorical device put to good use by Yoda, Shakespeare, Malcolm X, and Jay-Z: Here's another way to build a powerful statement through repetition...

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July 27, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Litotes


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With hyperbole the likes of which the world has never seen and "double negative" trending, it's not a bad time to explore understatement and the potential of this rhetorical device for your public speaking...

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June 19, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Synecdoche


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The rhetorical device we all love using, whether we know it or not: Here's to more colorful public speaking by way of synecdoche!

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March 23, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Enallage


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Should you ignore the rules of grammar in order to make a memorable statement in your next business presentation? Our rhetorical device of the month says it ain't such a bad idea....

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February 26, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Chiasmus


Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , Rhetorical Devices , Public Speaking

How do you turn the ideas in your speeches into lines people will remember? One rhetorical device you can use is the literal turn of phrase called chiasmus....

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January 15, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Anaphora


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It's hard not to think about public speaking and this rhetorical device when we remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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December 11, 2017

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Paralipsis


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It's the rhetorical device that let's you be naughty AND nice...and it happens to be a Donald J. Trump favorite...

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