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    katrina.jpgQuote: "To see homeless dying of thirst and lack of medical care in the middle of the street escapes comprehension." Editorial in the Brazilian newspaper Jornal do Brasil

    Figure of Speech: inopinatum (in op in OT um), the figure of disbelief

    Inopinatum expresses disbelief for emphasis: "I can't believe I ate the whole thing."

    People around the world are wondering aloud how America—America!—can so thoroughly botch a hurricane. In the aftermath of Katrina, inopinatum (Latin for “powerless”) isn't just a figure, it's a mood.

    Snappy Answer: "None. We can't believe it either."

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