10 Ways to Use Figures
Pimp Your Rhetorical Ride.
1. Make Cool Sounds and Rhythm
Figures that repeat words, move them around, or make delightful noises.
2. Change, Swap and Invent
Figures that shift grammar or tense, change one thing for another, or invent new words.
3. Practice Rhetorical Jiu-Jitsu
Tools for using an opponent’s argument to your own advantage.
4. Control the Issue
Figures that redefine an issue or word, figurative coups de grace, rhetorical questions and answers, and other figures of logic.
5. Weigh Things Side by Side
Dilemmas, comparisons and contrasts.
6. Say Two Things at Once
Paradoxes, irony, puns, and tactical ignorance.
7. Use Emotion
Figures of emotion, figures of humor, and special effects.
8. Brand and Insult
Nicknames, insults, endorsements, and other figures of character.
9. Cheat and Manipulate
Distractions and intentional fouls.
10. Avoid Mistakes
Fallacies and figures of stupidity.