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    Pointless exercise

    Is there a word which describes the following statement?
    "When you get asked a question to which an answer is already known"
    e.g. I've just been asked to provide a team name and after numerous suggestions i was eventually told it had to be related to the name of my employer.

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    #2

    Re: Pointless exercise

    self-evident?
    self-explanatory?


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    Re: Pointless exercise

    Archie, doesn't qiute hit the nail on the head.

    I was looking for a word like oxymoron for example. I've read it somewhere and thought at the time i must remember that, only to forget apparently.

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    #4

    Re: Pointless exercise

    An axiom is my best shot but then again my IQ is 40

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    #5

    Re: Pointless exercise

    To go through the rigmarole or an exercise in futility

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    Re: Pointless exercise

    A rhetorical question?

    The rhetorical question is usually defined as any question asked for a purpose other than to obtain the information the question asks.

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    #7

    Re: Pointless exercise

    I thought a rhetorical question does not expect an answer but this one does.

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    Re: Pointless exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by dtw00
    ]"When you get asked a question to which an answer is already known."
    I agree with you, tedtmc. The example doesn't fit the question. But let's wait and see what the poster, dtw00, has to say. Hopefully, s/he will clarify the example for us.

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