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Optatio

 

Techniques > Use of language > Figures of speech > Optatio

Method | Example | Discussion | See also

 

Description

Optatio is making an exclamation in the form of a wish.

Example

I wish you'd shut up! I need quiet to read.

O, begone! Wouldst thou not leave thy brother in peace?

Rain! We need rain! I pray for rain!

Discussion

An exclamation is often a mark of frustration, where our goals are not met and we are left wanting. It is but a small step to include in the exclamation either a full statement of what is wanted or perhaps just a hint of the wish.

This form can be useful in making a request of others, as an exclamation is often accepted as only a semi-voluntary thing at best and therefore may be forgiven.

Classification: Excess

See also

Using emphasis

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