What’s the Word (yet again)
Posted: 14 December 2017 04:52 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Is there a rhetorical term for alluding to something or someone without mentioning it or them directly? I’m specifically thinking of the practice of subtweeting and thinking there must be some classical term for the practice in writing and speech.

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Posted: 14 December 2017 05:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The elephant in the room?

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Posted: 14 December 2017 06:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Praeteritio is the closest thing I can think of; there’s also innuendo.

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Posted: 14 December 2017 06:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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LH has it I think and I love the alternative name they give for that: occultatio or the gossips’ trope.

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Posted: 14 December 2017 08:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Is “insinuation” not a closer term?  “Praeteritio” seems to require that you do mention the object specifically, after saying you won’t.

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Posted: 14 December 2017 08:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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How about “that so-and-so”?

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Posted: 14 December 2017 05:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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“Praeteritio” seems to require that you do mention the object specifically, after saying you won’t.

If not required, that’s certainly a common part of it, which is why I said it’s the closest thing I can think of rather than “Whoomp, there it is!”

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Posted: 15 December 2017 02:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Do apophasis or paraleipsis come close?

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Posted: 15 December 2017 02:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Harry Potter used the term “he-who-shall-not-be-named".

OK, seriously: “innuendo” is similar to steve_g’s insinuation

Doh! ... and already entered by LH. ;]

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Posted: 15 December 2017 04:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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How about “allusion”? (borrowed from your post)

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Posted: 16 December 2017 04:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Both apophasis and paraleipsis require that you actually mention the thing you allegedly don’t want to discuss. The point with subtweeting is that you’re not explicitly mentioning it. (I can’t say for sure, but I would hazard a guess that subtweet is modeled after subtext.)

It definitely is a form of allusion, but that’s a broader category. I’m wondering it there isn’t a more specific term.

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Posted: 16 December 2017 05:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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“veiled remark” or “veiled comment” maybe?

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Posted: 23 December 2017 09:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Maybe you should create your own word, Dave. Something like “subreference” or the like might work, especially since you can write the definition.

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