Friday, January 06, 2006


I discovered that there is a name for the figure of speech that is 'mentioning something by not mentioning it, usually for damaging intent" -- praeteritio -- such as, "And I'm too honest a person to talk about the allegations that my opponent is a pedophile."

I do it all the time. Every single time we actually cook breakfast, I manage to sneak in some comment that I like my scrambled eggs dry and browned and crispy. I've resorted to this sort of backhanded model, just as the eggs hit the pan. "See? I didn't even mention that I like my eggs dry." Now I know there's a name for it. Cool.

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