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    Hutz.gifQuote:  “Well, he’s kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace 'accidentally' with 'repeatedly,' and replace 'dog' with 'son.'  Lionel Hutz, a character in "The Simpsons"

    Figure of Speech:   Epexegesis (ee pex uh GEE sis), the figure of elaboration

    Lawyer Lionel Hutz  invariably tells the truth, the whole truth, through sheer incompetence:  “ I’ve argued in front of every judge in this state—often as a lawyer.”  He endearingly addends himself with the figure of speech called epexegesis (“explanation” in Greek).  The epexegesis adds material to clarify a statement. In Hutz’s case, it clarifies to the point of disaster. 

    Snappy Answer:   "I think I'll replace my attorney.  Period."

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