For those of you who have been with me for a while, you know that I started out on Tumblr. Every once in a while, I repost here a post from my Tumblr because I want to revisit a topic. Today's post is a revisit to the definition of rhetoric, because I'd like to introduce a few other tools for rhetoric. So, from my Tumblr:
What is Rhetoric?
The definition of the word rhetoric as it is—unfortunately—commonly used today is speech that is empty, grandiose, or insincere. Check out Merriam-Webster’s definition; this negative connotation of the word doesn’t appear until definition 2, clarification B, as an also!
The main definition (the one that I am intending) is “the art of speaking or writing effectively.”
It is simply the ability to—the art of—sharing exactly what you want to in a way that people understand perfectly.