Aphorismus is when the text questions the way that a word is used. Essentially, aphorismus questions how someone, something, or a situation is described in words in the text. Sometimes, a rhetorical question is used as aphorismus.
You ran from a kitten? How can you call yourself a man?
Is that what you kids are calling music these days?
So, this low-fat, wheat-filled round thing passes for a donut?
The company calls it an accident, but the victim's family is not so sure.
Examples of Aphorismus in Literature and Speech
From Richard II by Shakespeare:
For you have but mistook me all this while.
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus,
How can you say to me I am a king?
When President Bill Clinton was questioned about an event, he evaded a reply by stating the following:
"It depends on the what the meaning of the word "is" is..."
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