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Can't think of the right word. #210107
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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.

Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose] #210108
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Interesting and thought provoking. WELCOME


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Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose] #210109
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Welcome!

/waves from Vermont grin


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Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu] #210110
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*waves back from the Capitol* smile

Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose] #210112
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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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Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose] #210113
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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

Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: jenny jenny] #210119
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Thanks jenny jenny. That does make sense. My thought was that it seems very passive aggressive. Rhetorical passive aggression?

Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose] #210120
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snarky?


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Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose] #210130
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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.

Re: Can't think of the right word. [Re: KathleenRose] #210132
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Ask your friend for some specifics.


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