From: Mike Sangrey (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Nov 26 2000 - 20:17:51 EST
"Steven R. Lo Vullo" <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> Perhaps with "expressed" rather than "asked." Surely a rhetorical
> question is "expressed." I think perhaps there is a little bit of
> semantic nitpicking here. :-)
Actually, it's sort of a perverse marriage of syntactic and semantic
nitpicking. Perhaps we could switch to being pragmatic? <chuckle>
> Remember, in the context of my response
> the only point I was making was that even a rhetorical question is
> *recognized* as a question. Otherwise we would not call it a
> rhetorical *question*.
Syntactically, it "appears" as a question. Semantically, it isn't. If it
were, the author/speaker would wait for an answer.
It is a clever way of involving the reader though, don't you think?
It's OK to think differently, just think together.
Sooner or later that will bring out our faults;
then we can deal with them...together.
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