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Dear PhotoShootMe,

Even though Rheada and AgNuke have given great answers, I love rhetorical questions...so here is a definition from Irene Koshik, who actually wrote a book on them in 2005!

"They are not asked, and are not understood, as ordinary information-seeking questions, but as making some kind of claim, or assertion, an assertion of the opposite polarity to that of the question."

And then, here is an example from the great humorist George Carlin:
"Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do 'practice'?"

Further, this video from 1966 of Peter, Paul and Mary singing "Blowin' In the Wind," shows how rhetorical questions were used in protest songs of the 1960's:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t4g_1VoGw4

Oh, and by the way for AgNuke...the sound of one hand clapping... those unanswerable questions used by Zen meditators to push you outside the boundaries of the logical mind, those are known as koans!

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Thanks for the lesson. I never knew they had a name, but I do enjoy pondering these questions. Some are stimulating and some are just funny. I'll have to read up on it.
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Hi AgNuke,
I actually think here you brought in a second kind of 'no-answer' question for this person...the rhetorical question and the koan...

And I enjoy the koans also!
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Great answer & information Virginia. Strange you put the statement, about Doctors call it a practice. LoL...I just put that on my FB yesterday. I went to DR for BP pills and come out with an earache and still have one. That Dr needs more practice. LoL
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Hi Rheada, yes I have noticed that too...Dr visits can be hazardous!
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A Rhetorical question is a question that really doesn't have or expected to have an answer. It is a question that makes people think and/or persuade people to believe in what the person asking the question in trying to get a point across.

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Rheada is correct in that rhetorical questions aren't expected to be an answer. They are more to provide emphasis than actually acquire information. However, they aren;t necessarily meant to make people think.
For example, if you said "My screen name is Photoshotme2>" and I responded, "You don't say?" I don't expect you to answer my question, it's rhetorical. But it's definitely no somethingtrying to persuade you, make you think or get a point across.
Some questions that have no answer are meant to be silly or make you think like "What the sound of one hand clapping?" It's not rhetorical, but it doesn't really have an answer. I'm not sure these questions have special names.

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I agree. You explained it better than I did.
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