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    That all seems very enjoyable. Where do I sign up..
    "A spill at the plant increased the phosphates in the lake and produced a scum of algae so thick that the swamp smell filled the air, infiltrating the genteel mansions. Debutantes cried over the misfortune of coming out in a season everyone would remember for its bad smell."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    The purpose of rhetoric is to persuade rather than describe reality. And so I was trying to persuade you to my point of view.
    If your purpose is to persuade, perhaps you should change your approach? You don't seem to be doing a very good job after dozens of posts of a similar nature.
    Metaphor is great for illustrating a point, but there has to be substance behind the allusion else it be thought an illusion.
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    Gosh, the world looks so small from up here on my high horse of menstruation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan Le Fay View Post
    If your purpose is to persuade, perhaps you should change your approach? You don't seem to be doing a very good job after dozens of posts of a similar nature.
    Metaphor is great for illustrating a point, but there has to be substance behind the allusion else it be thought an illusion.
    Seconded.

    And to the bolded: +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Of course not - you are completely right - this has not happened anywhere.

    I was asking a rhetorical question.

    But you have taken my rhetorical question literally.
    And what is wrong with taking questions literally?


    Also, pretty much that other stuff Jennifer already replied with

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    Quote Originally Posted by LunaLuminosity View Post
    And what is wrong with taking questions literally?
    It depends on the question. Some questions are meant literally and some are meant rhetorically.

    And as we perceive by making distinctions, it is vital to recognize the distinction between literal and rhetorical, or for that matter, between literal and metaphorical.

    For as we perceive by making distinctions, the more distinctions, the more we see, and the less distinctions, the less we see.

    So if we don't know when to take a question literally or when to take it rhetorically, we are blind to English.

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    I'd be intrigued as to why this would be such a critically acclaimed university.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimmy View Post
    I'd be intrigued as to why this would be such a critically acclaimed university.
    In terms of the original post (OP) this is called a top flight university as a rhetorical device.

    It becomes plain as you read on that no top flight university would even think of running such courses.

    And this is the point, no decent university would teach such medieval superstition.

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