Since I have decided to eat a vegan diet for the month of September (the reasons for which can be found at Living Healthy in the Real World), I have received a lot of congratulations.

Good for you.

That’s really impressive.

I could never do that.

A friend of mine—who is supportive of my vegan nutrition challenge—brought up an interesting point about all of these phrases. Her perspective was that eating vegan is not very healthy. She didn’t understand why people should be so in awe by it,

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The rant is one of my favourite rhetorical genres. Rant genre is characterized by a unique set of qualities that instantly capture attention and can really mesmerize an audience. Often the response that the rhetorician receives after embarking on a rant is either exasperated or amused, but people tend to really listen to a rant. The rant genre is even a form of entertainment: many stand-up comedians use the rant in their shows.

rant genre

A few of the qualities that characterize the rant genre include:

  • One-sided, uninterrupted, binary structure (someone’s right,

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Cell phones and social networking sites have been on the rise for the past few years now, but suddenly they are really taking off. With a large scale Twitter following and the development of newer, better cell phones and the iPhone, it sometimes seems as though we can’t go a day without relying on these technical devices. And now it’s gone one step further: even our novels are being typed up and invented on Twitter and on cell phones.

Although I Tweet and blog on a regular basis, I can’t imagine writing a novel in that way.

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I am out of the country for the week, so a fellow blogger has kindly lent me two of her blog posts (the first of which was published here at Living Rhetorically on Tuesday). Hanlie blogs at Fertile Healthy; this post was originally published at her blog on August 18th.

There are a lot of things wrong with our society, but one of the most pervasive is our tendency to label people. It makes me angry, but more often it makes me sad.

Labels can generate much hatred and distrust.

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I am out of the country this week, so a fellow blogger has kindly lent me two of her excellent blog posts—the second of which will be published here at Living Rhetorically this Thursday—regarding the labels we give ourselves and others. Hanlie blogs at Fertile Healthy. This post was originally published at her website on July 10th.

My friend Tony, The Anti-Jared, doesn’t like the word “fat.” Who does? I don’t like the word “recession” either, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that we’re smack bang in the middle of one.

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Affect vs. Effect

My managing editor at The Uniter (hi Stacy!) mentioned earlier this week that she often stumbles over these two words when writing a piece, and I have to say that I agree. The English language is full of words such as affect and effect. I really like both of these words and use them frequently, but every time that I use them I have to pause and think carefully for a moment about which word is the correct one for the context I’m using it in. Affect vs. effect: which one is which?

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Up until the past few years, I wrote fiction religiously. Electronic copies of novels, short stories, and poems fill ancient floppy disks; the hard copies are stacked in boxes, binders, and folders. I’ve gone through piles of paper, weeks and months of work, and have subjected friends and family to read my work for their input and suggestions. Creating alternate worlds and languages, drawing up maps and designing building plans, I ignored the real world for a very long time. I was more interested in what the imagination can produce than I was about writing about factual events.

Why writing fiction isn't selfish

I was confident that my writing had potential because I had received encouragement from a variety of people in the publishing industry.

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A colon is a punctuation mark and, much like the comma, it works to organize sentences and break everything down for coherency purposes.

Colons are most commonly used in the following ways:

1. To bring attention to a specific point: the colon draws the eye and allows some breathing space in between each part of the sentence. It also often explains the first part of the sentence in greater detail. A very long sentence appears less daunting when a colon is used.

2. To indicate the beginning of a list. For example, Living Healthy in the Real World is updated three times a week on the following days: Mondays,

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The best way to explain the Jeremiad form of rhetoric is to think of it in terms of the origins of the name. Jeremiah was a Biblical prophet of doom and, as one of my professors so astutely put it, a performance artist. The Jeremiad, then, is really a political sermon, and is applied by powerful leaders in front of large audiences. Predicting misfortune is a way to frighten the audience—or society—into believing whatever the rhetorician wants them to believe.

Jeremiad as a rhetorical device

The Jeremiad is specifically a form of epideictic rhetoric. Epideictic rhetoric refers to a lamentation (or,

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How we act and the way we view the world is strongly determined by our definitions. These definitions change and develop as we go through new experiences, thus causing us to broaden our minds and grow as people.

When I was out riding my bike earlier this week, I rode past someone who was running along the street in the opposite direction. He had an expression of complete focus on his face and didn’t see me go by. I smiled anyways when we passed each other and as I went by, the thought that passed through my mind (the way random thoughts so often do when I imagine speaking to strangers that I pass on the street) was “Hi!

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