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    jqadams_hunk.gifYou might want to know that Figaro’s interview with Doug Fabrizio on Radio West has been nationally syndicated and is being re-broadcast September 3.  You can hear it now by clicking here; or tune to XM Radio channel 133 on the 3rd.  This excrutiatingly thoughtful hourlong program sure beats going to the beach or spending time with your family!

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    "This excrutiatingly thoughtful hourlong program sure beats going to the beach or spending time with your family!"

    Surely there is a difficult-to-pronounce Greek term for this form of hyperbole. Oh, wait -- you didn't mean it as hyperbole, did you? Which probably would yield, yet another term....
    September 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMarkSouthFL
    Very nice self put-down! What's it called?
    September 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMari
    It's a CHARIENTISMUS (cha-ree-en-TIS-mus), the disarming figure. It cloaks an obnoxious thought, or turns away well-deserved attacks. A type of irony, it's often expressed as self-deprecation.

    Figaro likes it, because self-deprecation comes remarkably easily to him.

    September 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterFigaro
    Great interview. I appreciate your insights and sharing your understanding of speech & persuasion.
    September 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark
    Good interview. I hope you come to speak around the Maryland / DC area sometime. Of course, if you did, I'd probably miss it anyway. It happens to me.
    September 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAvi
    Thanks! Please let me know if your group or institution would like to have me come speak. I'm traveling a lot these days, so ask where I'll be.

    September 3, 2007 | Registered CommenterFigaro

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