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#210107 - 03/25/13 12:03 PM Can't think of the right word.
KathleenRose Offline
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A friend of mine asked me this question and I can't for the life of me think of the word. Do you happen to know if such a word exists?

"...what would be the term one would use if someone made a statement where they generalized like saying 'why doesn't ANYONE do such and such?' when they clearly do not mean everyone but are just positing it as a proposition in general and are speaking to everyone but meaning some people?"

I appreciate any light you can shed.

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#210108 - 03/25/13 12:10 PM Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose]
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Interesting and thought provoking. WELCOME
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#210109 - 03/25/13 12:56 PM Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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Welcome!

/waves from Vermont grin
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#210110 - 03/25/13 01:02 PM Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
KathleenRose Offline
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*waves back from the Capitol* smile

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#210112 - 03/25/13 08:03 PM Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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Originally Posted By: KathleenRose
*waves back from the Capitol* smile


Maybe I'll see you at Charlie-Os! laugh
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#210113 - 03/25/13 10:26 PM Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose]
jenny jenny Offline
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Hi KathleenRose,

In general your example is a rhetorical question.

As to a specific name for the act of asking a rhetorical question to everyone while the intent is to direct the question to a few, there is no such English word.

I don't think. smile

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#210119 - 03/26/13 04:00 PM Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: jenny jenny]
KathleenRose Offline
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Thanks jenny jenny. That does make sense. My thought was that it seems very passive aggressive. Rhetorical passive aggression?

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#210120 - 03/26/13 04:44 PM Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose]
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snarky?
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#210130 - 03/27/13 08:28 AM Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose]
KathleenRose Offline
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I'm pretty sure it's something more technical. My friend did not agree with the rhetorical description. That may be because the question posed was meant as an example and did not contain specifics.

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#210132 - 03/27/13 11:05 AM Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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Ask your friend for some specifics.
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