Friday, November 4, 2011

Rhetoric in Writing: A Definition

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.

Now, isn’t that beautiful?

Stay tuned for examples of rhetorical devices!

Want more now? Check out "The Art of Rhetoric" by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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