Justice Kagan’s opinions are such target–rich environments for good techniques that I keep coming back. A few more I noticed in the past couple of weeks:
18. Change the grammatical structure mid-stream.
Rhetoriticians call this technique “anacolouthon” (from the Greek meaning “it does not follow”), in which the author/speaker interrupts herself and changes the grammatical structure of a sentence part way through. It is useful to emphasize something through an aside or exclamation:
“And if all that leaves the tiniest doubt—well, still we are not done.” Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. v. Hewitt, 598 U.S. 39, 55 n.
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