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August 06, 2010
...the jockey kept a diary of the trip."
That bit of hyperbolic humor from comedian Henny Youngman.
The word hyperbole (and guess where hype comes from) has its origin in the Greek language, of course, and means excess or exaggeration.
"The speaking in perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love."
Said Francis Bacon enlisting hyperbole about the subject itself.
Leave it to poet W. H. Auden to disprove Bacon's point:
"I'll love you 'Till China and Aftica meet. And the river jumps over the mountain. And the salmon sing in the street."
(The smart money on the street gave the relationship two weeks.)
"Hyperboles are for young men to use," Aristotle said. "They show vehemence of character, and this is why angry people use them more than other people."
Or, in the words of the great playwright and Roman philosopher Seneca, it "asserts the incredible in order to arrive at the credible."
In the hands of the masters, hyperbole can be memorable:
Ralph Waldo Emerson, in "The Concord Hymn:"
"Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world."
And effective, as in Scottish philosopher David Hume's point from a "Treatise of Human Nature:"
"Tis not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger."
Hyperbole, while effective in advertising, movie hype ("the performance of a lifetime") sometimes gets in the way of political discussions, where exaggeration on both sides prevent reasonable discourse.
Although, never in a million years, would we see such examples in here.
When I call you, my dear community members, the most respectful and insightful in the world, it is not hyperbole.
What is Hyperbole? poetry.org Take a look at an interesting article we found.
A Brief History of the English Language anglik.net Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Figures of Speech englishclub.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Most irritating hyperbole?