"A prosecutor asks the judge to not admit the testimony of a burglar because burglars are not trustworthy."
Person L says argument A.
Person L's circumstance or character is not satisfactory.
Argument A is not a good argument.
"Look at that guy there who is wearing the leather jacket and baggy pants. His attire conclusively proves that he must be a gangster."
begging the question
"If such actions were not illegal, then they would not be prohibited by the law."
"Steven Johnson grew up in poverty. Therefore, he will make a fine President of the United States."
"If we pass laws against fully-automatic weapons, then it won't be long before we pass laws on all weapons, and then we will begin to restrict other rights, and finally we will end up living in a communist state. Thus, we should not ban fully-automatic weapons."
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
"Faith is like a stony uphill climb: a single stumble might send you sprawling but belief and steadfastness will see you to the very top."
The phrase "a new dawn" does not talk only about the actual beginning of a new day but also signifies a new start, a fresh chance to begin and the end of a previous tiring time.
"Garfield guts squeezing and oozing all over the place."
"The sound of a bunch of different instruments tunning all at once."
"It's no wonder everyone refers to Mary as another Mother Teresa in the making; she loves to help and care after people everywhere- from the streets to her own friends."
"The clock hath stricken three." However, the mechanical clock had not yet been invented.
"I promise I'll give you a ring tomorrow." giving someone a ring has many different meanings
"Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half."
"New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group"
concrete or concise
"At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage."
(opposite of abstract)
Instead of simply saying "I am displeased with your behavior", one can say, "the manner in which you have conducted yourself in my presence of late has caused me to feel uncomfortable and has resulted in my feeling disgruntled and disappointed with you."
Instead of writing "he arrived for dinner at 8 pm" the author writes, "8 pm was when he reached the dinner party."
"The raging storm brought with it howling winds and fierce lightning as the residents of the village looked up at the angry skies in alarm."
"My life is like a river. Sometimes rough and rapid. Longing for some release. Trying to calm the storm. Waiting for the sun to shine overhead. Looking for the rainbow in the sky. My life is like a river. I like the gentle bends. I like the smooth waters. They bring me peace and joy. I do not like the rocks and currents. They are struggles in my life."
"When Neil Armstrong walked on the moon it might have been one small step for a man but it was one giant leap for mankind."
"The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money."
"Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends."
"I am so tired I cannot walk another inch."
"I'm so sleepy I might fall asleep standing here."
The phrase, "Oh! I wonder if he could get any later; I am free all day long". Said in a sarcastic tone it indicates that the speaker obviously means the opposite of the literal meaning.
expressing a meaning or the significance of a part of a story in a straightforward, clear-cut manner
"He packed his bags and made his way out of the house, leaving his old life behind forever."
literary device wherein the intended meaning is not stated clearly and is instead conveyed through covert, indirect means
"And once again, the autumn leaves were falling." (This phrase uses 'autumn' to signify something coming to an end.)
A speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, typically someone who has just died.
a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story
abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
occurs when the outcome of a work is unexpected, or events turn out to be the opposite from what one had expected
(theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
writing which presents the mannerisms, dress, speech and customs of a particular geographical region
a literary form in which events are exaggerated in order to create an extreme emotional response
stream of consciousness
a literary genre that reveals a character's thoughts and feeling as they develop by means of a long soliloquy
A type of poem in which a speaker addresses a silent listener. As readers, we overhear the speaker in a dramatic monologue.
in drama, a character speaks alone on stage to allow his/her thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience
when the speaker or writer deliberately stops short and leaves something unexpressed, but yet obvious, to be supplied by the imagination
a statement consisting of two parallel parts in which the second part is structurally reversed ("Susan walked in, and out rushed Mary.")
slice of life
a term that describes the type of realistic or naturalistic writing that accurately reflects what life is like.