He looked (though he was not)

Figure of speech. J. J. O'Molloy recalls that John F. Taylor was very sick when he arrived to give his speech: "His dark lean face had a growth of shaggy beard round it. He wore a loose neckcloth and altogether he looked (though he was not) a dying man." The parenthetical phrase is an example of what ancient rhetoricians called epanorthosis, or sometimes metanoia––a correction of something that the speaker has just said.

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