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Rhetorical question

A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked in order to make a point and without the expectation of a reply.[1] The question is used as a rhetorical device, posed for the sake of encouraging its listener to consider a message or viewpoint. Though these are technically questions, they do not always require a question mark.

For example, the question, “Can you do anything right?” is asked not to literally evaluate the abilities of the person being spoken to, but rather to insinuate that the person always fails.

My husband has a college degree from an Ivy League school, is well-spoken and is no dummy.

The above information should be known to him and understood by him.

When asked by me, “How long do you think it’ll take me to get my fat ass into this bathing suit?” he therefore should recognize that the words are forming a rhetorical question, and also quickly note that no answer is expected, required, needed or even safe to give. He should know that any attempts of humor will be looked on with disfavor.

He should know this, but apparently, sadly, does not.



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