Hyperbole: Why Exaggerating Is Always the Best Answer

This is why we love to use hyperbole. Thanks, WP, for the post!

The Daily Post

Hyperbole (high-per-bah-lee) is by far the best thing the ancient Greeks gave us (sorry philosophy, epic poetry, and thick, fat-free yogurt).

It works precisely because it draws attention to itself. An overwrought metaphor can kill an entire page. A too-literal analogy might drive a whole argument to the gutter. A subtle hyperbole? Get outta here, (oxy)moron! The more ridiculous the exaggeration (hyperbole is a descendant of the Greek word for excess), the more entertaining the effect.

Today, let’s talk about how to use these deliciously over-baked word pastries in your writing (wasn’t that the best overwrought metaphor, ever?).

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About robinofrockridge

I write books for kids.
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One Response to Hyperbole: Why Exaggerating Is Always the Best Answer

  1. Robin,
    What a treasure. Not only for the treatise on hyperbole which was fun but also for showing that WordPress has posts to share either for when stuck or just wanting other/different material to share. Thanks a bunch!
    Arletta

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