Enumeratio: Figure of amplification in which a subject is divided into constituent parts or details, and may include a listing of causes, effects, problems, solutions, conditions, and consequences; the listing or detailing of the parts of something.


"There is much to say -- and much will be said -- about Ted Kennedy the statesman, the master of the legislative process and bipartisan compromise, workhorse of the Senate, beacon of social justice, and protector of the people. There's also much to say -- and much will be said -- about my father the man, the storyteller, the lover of costume parties, a practical joker, the accomplished painter. He was a lover of everything French: cheese, wine, and women. He was a mountain climber, navigator, skipper, tactician, airplane pilot, rodeo rider, ski jumper, dog lover, and all-around adventurer. Our family vacations left us all injured and exhausted. He was a dinner table debater and devil's advocate. He was an Irishman, and a proud member of the Democratic Party."

-- Ted Kennedy, Jr., Eulogy for Ted Kennedy, Sr.

"[We] formed in 1979, June, in Washington D.C., the Moral Majority, with a handful of people, which has grown now to over a hundred thousand priests and rabbis and pastors and blacks and whites and young and old and all kinds. Catholics are the largest part of the constituency -- 30% -- because of our strong pro-life emphasis."

-- Jerry Falwell, The Role of Religion in Politics

Here the enumeratio is found in the listing of the parts of the Moral Majority

Note: Can you spot the polysyndeton?

Seinfeld: "Why did you force that mint on me? I told you I didn't want the mint."

Kramer: "Well, I didn't believe you."

Seinfeld: "How could you not believe me?"

Kramer: "Well, who's gonna turn down a Junior Mint? It's chocolate; it's peppermint; it's delicious."

Seinfeld: "That's true."

Kramer: "It's very refreshing!"

  -- from the TV sitcom Seinfeld, Season 4, Episode 20

"But, I think that any ontological history of our selves ha[s] to analyze three set[s] of relations: our relations to truth; our relations to obligation; our relations to ourselves and to the others."

-- Michel Foucault, UC Berkeley Lecture "The Culture of the Self"

"Together, Kennedy/Kerry have opposed the very weapons systems that won the Cold War and that are now winning the war on terror.

- The B-1 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, dropped 40% of the bombs in the first six months of [Operation] Enduring Freedom.

- The B-2 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered air strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hussein's command post in Iraq.

- The F-14A Tomcats, that Senator Kerry opposed, shot down Khadafi's Libyan MIGs over the Gulf of Sidra.

- The modernized F-14D, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered missile strikes against Tora Bora.

- The Apache helicopter, that Senator Kerry opposed, took out those Republican Guard tanks in Kuwait in the Gulf War.

- The F-15 Eagles, that Senator Kerry opposed, flew cover over our Nation's Capital and this very city after 9/11."

-- Zell Miller, 2004 Republican National Convention Address

"For the first time in history, people of Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant faiths are standing side by side and working in closest cooperation for the great common cause. The seven organizations included in the campaign -- namely, the Young Men's Christian Association, the Young Women's Christian Association, the National Catholic War Council, the Jewish Welfare Board, the War Camp Community Service, the American Library Association, and the Salvation Army -- are authorized by the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy to work for the soldiers and sailors in and near the camp."

-- John D. Rockefeller, Jr., United War Work Campaign Address

"Brian was an amazing man. And I say that not just because he was family. Many people thought he was almost super human. After his death, we visited his former duty stations in Arizona. Each time we met one of his fellow agents, they spoke of how impressed they were with him. He was what we expect in our brothers and sons: a strong, competitive, handsome, courageous, funny, and incredibly patriotic American."

- Robert Heyer, Statement to Congress on Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry


"Offensive line coach, Jim Myers: He built an offensive line that was unmatched. And today I cannot accept this honor without bringing Coach Myers and his offensive line into the Hall with me. And that line consists of John Fitzgerald, and Tony Liscio, and Dave Manders, and Ralph Neely, John Niland and Blaine Nye."

-- Larry Rayfield Wright, Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Address

President Bartlett: "How did you become a Christian?"

Jhin Wei:  "I began attending a house church with my wife in Fujian. Eventually, I was baptized."

President Bartlett: "How do you practice?"

Jhin Wei: "We share bibles -- we donít have enough. We sing hymns. We hear sermons. We recite the Lordís Prayer. We are charitable."

President Bartlett: "Whoís the head of your church?"

Jhin Wei: "The head of our parish is an 84-year-old man named Wen-Ling. Heís been beaten and imprisoned many times. The head of our church is Jesus Christ."

President Bartlett: "Can you name any of Jesusí Apostles [or Disciples]? If you canít, thatís okay. I usually canít remember the names of my kids, or for that matter --"

Jhin Wei: "Peter, Andrew, John, Phillip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, Thaddeus, Simon, Judas and James. Mr. President, Christianity is not demonstrated through a recitation of facts. Youíre seeking evidence of faith, a wholehearted acceptance of Godís promise of a better world. 'For we hold that man is justified by faith alone' is what Saint Paul said. 'Justified by faith alone.' Faith is the true...uh, Iím trying to...shibboleth. Faith is the true shibboleth."

President Bartlett: "Yes, it is. And you sir just said the magic word in more ways than one. Thank you. It was a pleasure to meet you."

Jhin Wei: "Thank you, Mr. President."

-- delivered by and Henry O and Martin Sheen (from the TV series West Wing, Season 2, Episode 8, Shibboleth

"The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced into Congress in 1923. It was born in the era of the women's suffrage amendment. I'll recite it for you in case you don't know it by heart. It says, 'Equality of life under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.' Section II says 'Congress will have the power to enforce by appropriate legislation the provisions of this Article.'  And Section III has it go into effect within two years."

-- Phyllis Schlafly, Harvard Law School Forum Address

"These abuses have continued because, for too long, the history of women has been a history of silence. Even today, there are those who are trying to silence our words. But the voices of this conference and of the women at Huairou must be heard loudly and clearly:

- It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls.

- It is a violation of human rights when women and girls are sold into the slavery of prostitution for human greed -- and the kinds of reasons that are used to justify this practice should no longer be tolerated.

- It is a violation of human rights when women are doused with gasoline, set on fire, and burned to death because their marriage dowries are deemed too small.

- It is a violation of human rights when individual women are raped in their own communities and when thousands of women are subjected to rape as a tactic or prize of war.

- It is a violation of human rights when a leading cause of death worldwide among women ages 14 to 44 is the violence they are subjected to in their own homes by their own relatives.

- It is a violation of human rights when young girls are brutalized by the painful and degrading practice of genital mutilation.

- It is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families, and that includes being forced to have abortions or being sterilized against their will."

-- Hillary Clinton, Women's Rights are Human Rights

"Since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States. They have fought in our wars; they have served in our government; they have stood for civil rights; they have started businesses; they have taught at our universities; they've excelled in our sports arenas; they've won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch."

-- Barack Obama, Speech at Cairo University

"God's desire is for transformation: changed lives, changed minds, changed laws, changed social orders, and changed hearts in a changed world. This principle of transformation is at the heart of the prophetic theology of the black church. These two foci of liberation and transformation have been at the very core of the black religious experience from the days of David Walker, Harriet Tubman, Richard Allen, Jarena Lee, Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, and Sojourner Truth through the days of Adam Clayton Powell, Ida B. Wells, Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Barbara Jordan, Cornel West, and Fannie Lou Hamer."

-- Jeremiah Wright, Address to the National Press Club

"[During World War II] men, women, young and old -- everyone had a role. Farm boys who had never been in an airplane were soon flying new bombers with four engines. Surgical nurses were in mash units on front lines operating while they were being shelled. Teenagers were wearing sergeant stripes and fighting from North Africa to Rome. Guys from the city streets were in close quarter combat in dense jungles. Women were building ships and whatever else was needed and driving trucks. Kids went without gum and new toys and in too many cases they went the rest of their lives without fathers they never knew."

-- Tom Brokaw, WWII Memorial Dedication Address


"Civil society has been so fragmented and polarized in recent years as a result of multiculturalism, affirmative action, radical feminism, and racism -- black and white -- that there is little coherence or commonality left in that society. Instead of being a common ground for the working out of common problems, it has become an arena of warring interests and groups. I am not quarreling with the ideas of civil society and community. On the contrary, I think they're enormously valuable and extremely pertinent at the present time. But they are necessary, not sufficient, conditions for our salvation. It is not enough to call for a restoration of civil society; we also need a re-moralization of civil society. And so, too, we need a sense of community that will take seriously the ideas of duty, obligation, responsibility, self-discipline, and self-restraint -- at the expense, if necessary, of both individual rights and of state powers."

-- Gertrude Himmelfarb, John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner Address

"The success of the Senate is important to the continued success of America. This country -- this big, boisterous, brawling, intemperate, restless, striving, daring, beautiful, bountiful, brave, good, and magnificent country -- needs us to help it thrive. That responsibility is more important than any of our personal interests or political affiliation. We are the servants of a great nation."

-- John McCain, Senate Floor Speech on Health Care


Bubba Blue: "Anyway, like I was sayin,' shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sautť it. Dey's, uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo; pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. Thereís pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That -- Thatís about it."

-- delivered by Mykelti Williamson (from the movie Forest Gump)

"The terrorist threat to our nation did not emerge on September 11th, 2001. Long before that day, radical, freedom-hating terrorists declared war on America and on the civilized world: the attack on the Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983, the hijacking of the Achille Lauro in 1985, the rise of al-Qaida and the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the attacks on American installations in Saudi Arabia in 1995 and 1996, the East Africa [embassy] bombings of 1998, the attack on the USS Cole in 2000. These and other atrocities were part of a sustained, systematic campaign to spread devastation and chaos and to murder innocent Americans. The terrorists were at war with us, but we were not yet at war with them."

-- Condoleezza Rice - 9/11 Commission Hearing Statement

(Jimmy) Harrell: "I worry about my rig. My crew lives on it. You just rent it. Don, you and I both know we need some downtime for maintenance. Mike, how many of our machines need repair?"

(Mike) Williams: "Uh, 390, Mr. Jimmy."

(Donald) Vidrine: "Three hundred and ninety?"

Williams: "Yes, sir. Almost 10% of all the machinery aboard."

Vidrine: "Name a few for me."

Williams: "A few?"

Vidrine: "Mmhm. I would love to hear exactly what piece of mission critical equipment are down."

Williams: "Where do I start? "'A' drilling chair. Process Station 18. BOP control pods. Telephone system. Pipe racking system. GPS antenna. Direct TV system. Wireless Internet. Iron roughneck. Top drive rack back system. Auxiliary draw works control. Salt water service pumps. Smoke alarms in the galley. And the reason why you're swearing so hard is 'cause the compressor for the AC on this deck are down, too."

Vidrine: "Who are you?"

Williams: "Mike Williams, Chief ET" [Electronics Technician].

-- delivered by Kurt Russell, Mark Wahlberg, and John Malkovich, (from the movie Deepwater Horizon)

"Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress:

At the entrance to the NATO headquarters in Belgium, there are two monuments:

One, a piece of the Berlin Wall designed to keep people in and ideas out.

The other monument is a twisted steel beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

One monument is a symbol of freedom; the other a symbol of solidarity. Both are symbols of NATO -- who we are and what we stand for, what so many of our brave men and women have fought for and sometimes died for.

And in these two monuments we see the challenges we have overcome as an Alliance: we deterred the Soviet Union during the Cold War; stopped wars and atrocities in the Balkans; fought terrorism from Afghanistan to the Middle East; welcomed the newly free nations of Central and Eastern Europe into our Alliance -- helping to spread democracy, peace. and prosperity."

-- Jens Stoltenberg, Address to a Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress

Mr. Schiff: "When the Founders wrote the impeachment clause, they had precisely this type of misconduct in mind:  conduct [1] that abuses the power of his office for personal benefit; [2] that undermines our national security; [3] that invites foreign interference in our democratic process of an election. It is the trifecta of constitutional misconduct justifying impeachment."

Mr. Sekulow: ("Mr. Schiff also talked about a "trifecta.") I'll give you a trifecta: During the proceedings that took place before the judiciary committee, [1] the president was denied the right to cross examine witnesses; [2] the president was denied the right to access evidence; and [3] the president was denied the right to have counsel present at hearings. That's a trifecta, a trifecta that violates the Constitution of the United States."

-- Adam Schiff and Jay Sekulow, Opening Arguments in the U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial of President Donald J. Trump.

Note: Dueling trifectas by two top shelf rhetoricians. This exchange contains a number of rhetorical figures in addition to enumeratio, including anaphora, asyndeton, conduplicatrio, and parallelism, among others. There's also a meta-tactic by Mr. Sekulow in using the term trifecta three times in support of his notion of a trifecta -- i.e., a trifecta of trifectas. (The first use may be taken as merely signaling the coming of the trifecta argument.)

"More important than the declaration of a public health emergency are the committeeís recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus and ensuring a measured and evidence-based response. I would like to summarize those recommendations in seven key areas.

First, there is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade. WHO doesnít recommend limiting trade and movement. We call on all countries to implement decisions that are evidence-based and consistent. WHO stands ready to provide advice to any country that is considering which measures to take.

Second, we must support countries with weaker health systems.

Third, accelerate the development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.

Fourth, combat the spread of rumors and misinformation.

Fifth, review preparedness plans, identify gaps and evaluate the resources needed to identify, isolate and care for cases, and prevent transmission.

Sixth, share data, knowledge and experience with WHO and the world.

And --

Seventh, the only way we will defeat this outbreak is for all countries to work together in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation. We are all in this together, and we can only stop it together."

-- Dr. Tedros Adhanom, WHO Declaration of Public Health Emergency re the Novel (2019-nCoV) Coronavirus

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