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Subject: To say nothing of, not to mention, etc.
Question: 1. Book Title: Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

2. She's overweight, not to mention her high blood pressure.

I know these are idioms of sorts but is there a linguistic term for
these phrases that say something not to be said. Is this sarcasm?

I give up.

I would love an answer.

Thank you,

Kathryn Klein

From: Kathryn Klein
Date: 08-Nov-2012
  1. Re: To say nothing of, not to mention, etc.    James L Fidelholtz     (29-Nov-2012)

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