"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Friday, 27 November 2009


Procatalepsis is a figure of speech in which the speaker raises an objection to his own argument and then immediately answers it. By doing so, he hopes to strengthen his argument by dealing with possible counter-arguments before his audience can raise them.


  1. now this one I really like, and will try and remember.
    thanks for sharing
    much love martine

  2. Did you reblog this one?? or am I loosing it?

  3. It doesn't seem to have been blogged before, Ian. I can therefore only conclude...

  4. I really like this one too. But I'll never remember it! Ha! It will go in my word book though!