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    Don't Call It a War

    dropping_gifts.jpgQuote:   “This is no more a war on terrorism than the Second World War was a war on submarines.”  Marine Lieutenant General Wallace Gregson

    Figure of Speech:   Antapodosis (an tah POE doe sis), the side-by-side figure

    A kind of simile in which the nouns and verbs correspond, the antapodosis can be one of the most persuasive of all figures.  Take Woody Allen’s convincing summary of secondary education:  “Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym.”

    General Gregson’s antapodosis supports a favorite new tag line minted by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: what used to be a war on terrorism is now a “global struggle against extremism.” 

    Snappy Answer:    "So it's  not a war, it’s a struggle; therefore we’re not fighting, we’re...what?"

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    Reader Comments (1)

    I don't fully understand the use of antapodosis after reading this post. This is undeniably a result of limitations in the undersigned's ability to comprehend figures of speech.

    Could you elaborate some more on the term and the use of it?
    May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJonas

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