Wednesday, 13 May 2009

If you don't know what it means then don't prove your ignorance!!!!!


I came in today to the tail end of an interview on ABC Radio with (presumably)* a Member of the Opposition saying the Labor Party's Budget last night was 'full of HYPER-BOWL'.

HYPER-BOWL???????????? (Is that like a really really super enormous Super Bowl????)

This is what Wikipedia has to say about hyperbole:
"Hyperbole (pronounced /haɪˈpɝːbəli/ hye-PER-buh-lee; "HYE-per-bowl" is a common mispronunciation) comes from ancient Greek "ὑπερβολή" (meaning excess or exaggeration) and is a figure of speech in which statements are exaggerated. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, but is rarely meant to be taken literally.

Hyperbole is used to create emphasis. It is a literary device often used in poetry, and is frequently encountered in casual speech. It is also a visual technique in which a deliberate exaggeration of a particular part of an image is employed. An example is the exaggeration of a person's facial feature in a political cartoon."

I don't actually see that much wrong with hyperbole. Except when dickheads mispronounce it.

*("Presumably" because I hope no Labor Party pollie would speak so ill of his own Budget).

(I wonder if the Wiki links will work in this cut and paste???)

And I decided to use a different font Just For Fun (doesn't take much to amuse moi). And tiny font for that little wondering above, too. Creative.

P.S. Thank you, Poss, for the Uncyclopedia link... Did you write that definition? It sounds like one of the amazingly wonderful extraordinarily clever things creative you would come up with. It would take me a million years to compose something like that...

1 comment:

thaytan said...

I prefer the uncyclopedia definition - http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Hyperbole :)