"I won't mention..."(Words Frequently Sought)
Mentioning something by saying you aren't going to mention it (e.g., "I won't mention his laziness") is called "apophasis" or "preterition". Joseph Shipley's _Dictionary of World Literary Terms_ (The Writer, 3rd ed., 1970) says: "~apophasis~ Seeming to deny what is really affirmed. Feigning to pass by it while really stressing it" (e.g., "not to mention his laziness"): "paralepsis. Touching on it casually: metastasis. Pretending to shield or conceal while really displaying (as Antony with Caesar's will in Shakespeare's play): parasiopesis. [...] ~autoclesis~ (P. the self-inviter). Introduction of an idea by refusing before being requested, intending thus to awaken (and respond to) a demand, as Antony with the will in _Julius Caesar_." "Paralepsis" is more often spelled "paraleipsis" (which is the Greek form) or "paralipsis". A few sources (such as The Century Dictionary, and the Universal English Dictionary by Henry Cecil Wyld) do not support a distinction between apophasis and paraleipsis.
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