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January 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

This is, um, important

Finding its time and place

Like Bruce Ramsey, whose columns are always interesting, I prize thoughtful, well-argued discourse — even about the word “um” [“I take umbrage at ‘um,'” editorial columnist, Jan. 7]

But, I also love the use of “um” for its power to embarrass. Snarky, snide, sure, but at times oh-so useful.

Aristotle long ago laid bare the persuasive powers of each part of the classical rhetorical triumvirate — logos, pathos and ethos — and taught us not to overlook the value of attitude.

— Bruce Evans, Mesa, Ariz.

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