Rhetorical question

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A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked to make a point rather than to elicit an answer.wikipedia
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A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked to make a point rather than to elicit an answer.
Rhetorical questions, for example, are interrogative in form but may not be considered true questions as they are not expected to be answered.

Irony punctuation

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In the 1580s, English printer Henry Denham invented a "rhetorical question mark" for use at the end of a rhetorical question; however, it fell out of use in the 17th century.
, a reversed question mark later referred to as a rhetorical question mark, was proposed by Henry Denham in the 1580s and was used at the end of a question that does not require an answer—a rhetorical question.

Figure of speech

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A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked to make a point rather than to elicit an answer.
erotema: Synonym for rhetorical question


Aporia is also a rhetorical device whereby the speaker expresses a doubt—often feigned—about his position or asks the audience rhetorically how he or she should proceed.

Who's your daddy? (phrase)

Who's your daddy?
Who's your daddy? is a slang expression that, in one use, takes the form of a rhetorical question.


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In rhetorical teaching, such triple iterations marked the classic rhythm of Ciceronian style, typified by the triple rhetorical questions of his first Oration Against Catiline:

Romans 3

Romans 3:28chapter 3Third Chapter of Paul's Epistle to the Romans
In this chapter, Paul asks a series of rhetorical questions in order to develop his theological message, and quotes extensively from the Hebrew Bible.


It consists of a preciously ornate and sophisticated style, employing a deliberate excess of literary devices such as antitheses, alliterations, repetitions and rhetorical questions.

Auld Lang Syne

Christmas Auld Lang SyneAm Ende bleibt die LiebeDeath May Die
The song begins by posing a rhetorical question: Is it right that old times be forgotten?


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Some psycholinguistic theorists (e.g., Gibbs, 2000) suggest that sarcasm ("Great idea!", "I hear they do fine work."), hyperbole ("That's the best idea I have heard in years!"), understatement ("Sure, what the hell, it's only cancer..."), rhetorical questions ("What, does your spirit have cancer?"), double entendre ("I'll bet if you do that, you'll be communing with spirits in no time...") and jocularity ("Get them to fix your bad back while you're at it.") should all be considered forms of verbal irony.


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As the head of an advertising agency, Speckter believed that advertisements would look better if copywriters conveyed surprised rhetorical questions using a single mark.

Tag question

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Although they have the grammatical form of a question, they may be rhetorical (not expecting an answer).

Daniel Gonzalez (spree killer)

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In her letter, she rhetorically asked "...does my son have to commit murder to get help?"

Chris Kanyon

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His matches almost always began with him asking the rhetorical question "Who Better than Kanyon' as the crowd would respond "everybody" (or "nobody", if he was a face.) He formed an uneasy alliance with Perry Saturn in order to fight against The Flock, but eventually turned on Saturn and joined forces with Raven. After Saturn forced The Flock to disband by defeating Raven at Fall Brawl, Kanyon and Raven continued to team together until Raven, in storyline, was sidelined with depression and Kanyon took time away from his wrestling career to work as stunt coordinator and stuntman on The Jesse Ventura Story.

Dhahi Khalfan Tamim

Dhahi Khalfan
Pravda responded by asking the rhetorical question: "Will Emirates liken itself to the Third Reich and use rulers and protractors to measure the shape of the nose, earlaps and the skull structure? If it does, the UAE will lose all of its friends in the West".

Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

Who Knows Where The Time Goes
The song is a slow-paced reflection in three verses on observed events ("Across the evening sky all the birds are leaving" ) Having described these observations, Denny then writes that for her, some things are timeless ("Before the winter's fire, I will still be dreamin'; I have no thought of time" ) and in the last line of the short chorus asks rhetorically "Who knows where the time goes?".

What Child Is This?

What Child Is ThisSäg, vem är han?What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
The first verse poses a rhetorical question in the first half, with the response coming in the second half.

You're in the Picture

Jackie Gleason talk show
Technically, the show could be said to have run for two episodes, since the following Friday, Gleason appeared at the same time, but in a studio "stripped to the brick walls" and using the time to give what Time magazine called an "inspiring post-mortem", asking rhetorically "how it was possible for a group of trained people to put on so big a flop."

Rosie O'Donnell

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O'Donnell cited a Florynce Kennedy quote, "If men could get pregnant abortion would be a sacrament" and asked rhetorically "How many Supreme Court judges are Catholic?"

Glossary of rhetorical terms

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Erotema. The so-called 'Rhetorical Question', where a question is asked to which an answer is not expected.

Private Eye

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"Obvious headline" – banal stories about celebrities that receive extensive reporting in the national press are rewritten as anonymous headlines, such as "SHOCK NEWS: MAN HAS SEX WITH SECRETARY". This is usually "EXCLUSIVE TO ALL NEWSPAPERS". This is often followed by slightly oblique, "shocking" references to the Pope being Catholic, and to bears defecating in the woods.

List of television shows considered the worst

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;You're in the Picture: A CBS game show starring Jackie Gleason, the premiere received such extremely hostile reviews that the following Friday, host Gleason appeared in the same time slot (but in a studio "stripped to the brick walls") to give what Time magazine called an "inspiring post-mortem", asking rhetorically "how it was possible for a group of trained people to put on so big a flop."

Peri Pascha

On the Pascha
One of the outstanding features of the Peri Pascha is its extensive use of classical rhetorical devices such as homoioteleuton, polysyndeton, isocola, alliteration, chiastic antithesis and the deployment of rhetorical questions.

Question mark

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The rhetorical question mark or percontation point was invented by Henry Denham in the 1580s and was used at the end of a rhetorical question; however, its use died out in the 17th century.

I'm Not Dead

I'm Not Dead (Tour Edition)
"Dear Mr. President" is an open letter to then president of the United States, George W. Bush; the song's format is a series of rhetorical questions for the President, specifically pertaining to how he really feels about issues such as war, homosexuality, homelessness and drug abuse.