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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Obvious, intentional exaggeration  that is not meant to be taken literally is called hyperbole [hahy-pur-buh-lee].  I tend to use hyperbole a lot in my every day speech, saying things like:

I waited in line forever to get tickets!

It was so cold, my fingers turned to ice.

I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse!

I could sleep for a hundred years....

Hyperbole is often used when writing poetry or satire.  Here is one example:

Hyperbole of My Dog

Little Girl is my dog.
She sleeps like a log.
She has a huge mouth
And eats like a hog.
In her excitement
Her tail is a whip times ten.
When she sees food
Her eyes start to spin.

~Autumn Jones

 Do you have any favorite examples of hyperbole?  Try making your own hyperbolic sentences.  (Don't forget to share them -- I'd love to see them!)

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