I am not trying to troll anybody, although it might seem like it. Also, this is not intended to be funny or anything. The question I wanted to ask is what do you call the part of a narration/talk/speech/short-paragraph such as this, that is dedicated as sort of disclaimer, preface or something secondary to the main topic. For example, the bolded part of this paragraph.

Example: Your #the-word-i-am-looking-for#* is unnecessary; I wouldn't have taken it as a troll.

Sorry for repeating myself, but this is another example.

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    Maybe a disclaimer?
    – Dan
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 19:15
  • Thanks Dan. I think disclaimer might work for the first paragraph, but will it also work for the second example I added? There there a more generic word?
    – rajendra
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 19:36
  • Those both look like apologies to me. Or apologia if you want a fancy term with a more precise definition matching your use. Either way, apologia need not be prefatory, so 'prefatory apologia' might be best.
    – JEL
    Commented May 1, 2016 at 2:10

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Preamble, defined by Oxford Dictionaries as "a preliminary or preparatory statement; an introduction."

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    you should add your source and a link to the source.
    – ab2
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 22:12
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    I added a citation for and a link to the source of the quoted language. As ab2 notes, you should perform this task yourself when quoting other people's language.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented May 1, 2016 at 7:12
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    Thank you. I am new here and surely have a lot to learn!
    – user173015
    Commented May 1, 2016 at 20:45

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