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Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)

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Silence . . . [Jun. 7th, 2017|01:19 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)

. . . is an extremely powerful rhetorical weapon that anyone can wield.  School children can wield it as effectively as master debaters.  Toddlers can wield it as adeptly as pissed off exes.  Simply throw your nose in the air to your right or to your left and stomp away sending the message, "I won't dignify that with a reply!"  Using silence as a rhetorical weapon requires no training or education, no practice, no coaching, no nothing.  In fact some of the very best practitioners of silence as a rhetorical weapon are inanimate objects.  They are particularly skillful in this respect because they are not tempted to clumsily blurt out some utterance that betrays their actual ignorance and total lack of sophistication.  Silence is not just golden---it's deadly weapon on the battlefield of pointless ideologies.

-------Kirk Smith