Quote: You are trapped alone on a deserted island. What five amendments do you take with you? Gerald Glover, suggesting a Senate question for Supreme Court nominee John Roberts in Slate.
Figure of Speech: parabola (puh RA bo lah), the parable
A parabola (Greek for "to cast aside," for some reason) is a story that brings together contrasting thoughts or characters to make a moral point.
We can guess Roberts wouldn't need the "so-called right to privacy," as he put it. Uh, which amendment was that?
Snappy Answer: That's a Democratic fantasy, not a question.