Aporia

Entertainment / Literature / Aporia: (Greek: impassable path) The deliberate act of talking about how one is unable to talk about something. For instance, 'I can't tell you how often writers use aporia.' The term dubitatio refers to a subtype of aporia in which a speaker or writer pauses and deliberately reveals his doubt or uncertainty (genuine or feigned) about an issue. The aporia in the case of dubitatio is both that pause and the act of intentionally discussing that ambiguous reaction. This rhetorical ploy can make the audience feel sympathy for the speaker's dilemma, or it can help characterize the speaker as one who is open-minded and sincerely struggling with the same issues the audience faces.

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