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Old 10-10-2019, 07:51 AM
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I'm not quite sure I understand your position, ElvisLives. Are you saying that epiplexis in general should be an acceptable rhetorical device, that certain instances of it are acceptable, or that the statement in question doesn't really qualify as such in the first place?

"Have you always been this naive and uninformed?" I think most people would agree that is unacceptable, so accepting epiplexis in general is pretty much eliminated as a viable choice. If one feels that "certain instances" of it are acceptable, the problem becomes in defining where the line is between what is and what is not acceptable. I think that would be a never ending bone of contention, to be honest. In the case of the latter possibility, some clarification on your part would be helpful.
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