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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tips for Sharpening Your Writing Skills


MAKE USE OF THE 20 FIGURES OF SPEECH
(Thursdays, from May 24 to October 4)

8. Hyperbole (hi-PURR-buh-lee): a deliberately exaggerated statement, not meant to be taken literally.

Uses:
To emphasize
To heighten effect
Often used in poetry, especially with expressions of love

Examples of hyperbole:

Familiar hyperboles: to weigh a ton, wait an eternity, try a thousand times, have enough food to feed an army

"I was helpless. I did not know what in the world to do. I was quaking from head to foot, and could have hung my hat on my eyes, they stuck out so far."
(Mark Twain, "Old Times on the Mississippi")

"I'm experienced now, professional. Jaws been broke, been knocked down a couple of times, I'm bad! Been chopping trees. I done something new for this fight. I done wrestled with an alligator. That's right. I have wrestled with an alligator. I done tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail. That's bad! Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick! I'm so mean I make medicine sick!"
(Muhammad Ali in the documentary film When We Were Kings, 1996)

"A man can have a belly you could house commercial aircraft in and a grand total of eight greasy strands of hair, which he grows real long and combs across the top of his head so that he looks, when viewed from above, like an egg in the grasp of a giant spider, plus this man can have B.O. to the point where he interferes with radio transmissions, and he will still be convinced that, in terms of attractiveness, he is borderline Don Johnson."
(Dave Barry, “Revenge of the Pork Person,” 1988)

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