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How would you from the noun epanorthosis derive a name describing a person who frequently uses this rhetorical tactic?

An epanorthocian? Eparnorcian? Epanorthologist? Epanorthic? Something else?

The word means the intentional immediate replacement of a word or phrase with a more correct or emphatic one.

Schoolbook example: "Thousands, no, millions!"

Geeky example: "Be nice to this fool^H^H^H^Hgentleman; he's visiting from corporate HQ." (Where ^H is the control code for Backspace.)

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  • Definitely not -ologist that would be one who studies e~.
    – Jim
    Feb 27, 2016 at 7:36

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Your best bet is probably 'epanorthotist'. The precedent set by 'orthotist' is

orthotist, n.
A person who makes or fits orthoses.

["orthotist, n.". OED Online. December 2015. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/260953?redirectedFrom=orthotist (accessed February 27, 2016).]

The same agentive suffix suits 'epanorthosis', which derives from the compound of the prefix 'epana-' (itself a compound prefix deriving from the prepositions 'epi' and 'ana') and 'orthosis'.

epana-, prefix
before stems beginning with a vowel epan-, a combination of two Greek prepositions ἐπ(ί) upon, in addition + ἀνά up, again, occurring in some rhetorical terms, adopted from Greek.
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ˌepanorˈthosis n. [Greek ὄρθωσις a setting straight, < ὀρθοῦν, < ὀρθός straight] a figure in which a word is recalled, in order to substitute a more correct or stronger term.

["epana-, prefix". OED Online. December 2015. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/63161?rskey=If9mbn&result=1&isAdvanced=false (accessed February 27, 2016).]

The straightforward noun by agentive suffixation might lose out in recognizability to the existing adjective-noun combinative possibility:

epanorthotic rhetorician

(for the adjective 'epanorthotic', see the list of terms under 'epana-' from the work cited previously).

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  • From epanorthotic one might also derive epanorthoticist
    – Jim
    Feb 28, 2016 at 1:45

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