Category Archives: Rhetoric

Rhetorical devices, rhetorical figures, Greek figures of speech, literary devices,

No Stopping on the Steps

I can’t stand it when kids stop in front of me when we’re using steps. So, … No stopping on the steps. The alliteration helps make it memorable. The exact words used in the exact same order every single time … Continue reading

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I’m Afraid I Can’t Help You

My son said he was afraid and wanted to sleep in Mom & Dad’s bed. I’m not a fan. I’m afraid I can’t help you. Turn the verb into a colloquialism. The NLP community would call this an Apply to … Continue reading

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Is it true?

If it’s not true, then they must be kidding. If it sounds ridiculous, it probably is. These two phrases give children perspective. And, when repeated word for word in applicable scenarios, they become boilerplate mental responses. For example – this … Continue reading

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When I Say Socks and Shoes

When I say socks and shoes, it means socks and shoes – Not what you want to do! The rhetorical device and/or Greek figure used is rhyme, where you duplicate a sound in words, or parts of words. Another rhetorical … Continue reading

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If you lose track of your toys

If you lose track of your toys, you won’t have them when you want them. I find it’s best to speak with insights that are undeniable, because undeniable truths are hard to argue with. Rhetorical devices offer many choices for … Continue reading

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Ready to leave

Leave your shoes on, until we’re ready to leave. Today, I was with my children at a local mall.  My older daughter wanted to leave her shoes on in the play area against the rules.  I said, “leave your shoes on, … Continue reading

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