Introduction to hyperbole

AUTHOR: Liz Sparg

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust


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When a writer or a speaker over-exaggerates to create humour or to make a point, they are using hyperbole. For example, “I will fall down dead if I walk another step!” Hyperbole is the opposite of understatement.

As with all figures of speech, some hyperboles have become commonly used in the English language, and are no longer original or very effective, for example, “I’ve told you a million times.”

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