rhetorical question ri-ˈtȯr-i-kəl ˈkwes-chən noun
: a statement that is formulated as a question but that is not supposed to be answered
The term rhetorical question has appeared in 16 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 19 in “Mike Trout Didn’t Go on the Market. It Came to Him” by Tyler Kepner:
Trout has always seemed to recognize how good he has it, with little incentive to disrupt that life. He is dominant on the field and respected off it; comfortable with the direction of his franchise; happy in both Southern California and Southern New Jersey; and extremely well paid. Who could ask for more?
“If you were Mike Trout,” his agent, Craig Landis, once asked, “would you really wake up in the morning and say, ‘I’ve got to start changing things’?”
It was a rhetorical question, of course, and Trout has now answered with a resounding no. You cannot blame him, and you cannot be surprised.