Hyperbole and Irony

An extravagant statement; the use of exaggerated terms for the purpose of emphasis or heightened effect.

“I’d give my right arm for a piece of pizza”

“I could sleep for a year”

“This book weighs a ton.”

Try your own hyperbole __________

The use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning. A statement or situation where the meaning is contradicted by the appearance or presentation of the idea.

# “I’m aware of the irony of appearing on TV in order to decry it.”
(Sideshow Bob, The Simpsons)

* as soft as concrete
* as clear as mud
* as fun as cancer
* as pleasant as a root canal
“as pleasant and relaxed as a coiled rattlesnake” (Kurt Vonnegut from Breakfast of Champions)

Try your own irony_ _____________


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