Richard Nordquist is a freelance writer and former professor of English and Rhetoric who wrote college-level Grammar and Composition textbooks. Key Takeaways. Hyperbole When you exaggerate something, you're using hyperbole. Hyperbole is everywhere, from a conversation about a good meal you ate, to comedy acts, to literature.
World's Best Relationship Tips If you're in a relationship, sometimes you probably feel like you're fighting a caged death-match with an invisible spider monkey. And the monkey is rabid. And you don't have any legs. And then a buffalo jumps in there and starts head-butting everything and your face catches on fire and there is a general atmosphere of chaos.
Just think of the word crush. That's a metaphor to describe the overwhelming, crushing sensation we feel when we really, really no I mean really like a person. Even email is a metaphor. It's comparing the digital communications that come into our "inbox" on the screen to the envelopes delivered to our homes every day by the postal service. Thinking of just how many metaphors we use on a daily basis can be pretty fun — if you're slightly geeky like me, anyway.