Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Asking about rhetorical questions.

This is a fascinating article about rhetorical questions:
The rhetorical question is usually defined as any question asked for a purpose other than to obtain the information the question asks. For example, "Why are you so stupid?" is likely to be a statement regarding one's opinion of the person addressed rather than a genuine request to know.
I personally avoid asking rhetorical questions. When I ask why someone is stupid, I am genuinely curious as to why that person is not as intelligent as I am. This is called "intellectual curiosity." Do you like rhetorical questions? Why are stupid people always so partisan and interested in electoral politics? Why do such people question the War on Terror? What sorts of movies feature rhetorical questions? Yes, it's rhetorical question time at the Altmouse blog!

Robert says the question mark is his favorite bit of punctuation. I think he's right.

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