Homer on Rhetoric

 Posted by on 14 September 2007 at 6:40 am  Uncategorized
Sep 142007

Heh: Yes, you too can learn rhetoric from the master, Homer Simpson. My favorite, on rhetorical questions:

Mother Simpson: [singing] How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?
Homer: Seven.
Lisa: No, dad, it’s a rhetorical question.
Homer: OK, eight.
Lisa: Dad, do you even know what “rhetorical” means?
Homer: Do I know what “rhetorical” means?

I have a strict policy on rhetorical questions in student papers: I categorically forbid them. Otherwise, students tend to write long sequences of rhetorical questions that hint at some objection without ever clearly stating it. And really, who wouldn’t find that aggravating?

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