Tag Archive | Figure of speech

In Other Words… Having Fun with Euphemisms

Are there any Monty Python fans out there?  Are you familiar with the Dead Parrot Sketch?  In this skit, John Cleese attempts to return a parrot to the pet shop he bought it at because it’s dead but Michael Palin, playing the part of the dubious shop owner, contends that the parrot is merely sleeping, […]

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Opposites Attract: The World of Antonyms

He says, she says.  Good verses evil.  Not everything is black and white. Yin and yang. Stop and go. We use opposites every day.  In the grammarian’s world they are called antonyms.  They seem fairly cut and dried, there’s not much of a gray area when it comes to antonyms. Its all easy-peasy. Well, it’s […]

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Exploring Frontal Lobotomies, Freezer Burn, True Facts and Hippopotami

I find the English language fascinating. I’ve posted observations on a few of the oddities of the English language: similes, metaphors, purple prose, malapropisms, homophones, and cliched phrases. Well, here are a few more to add to that list: spoonerisms, oxymorons, pleonasms, and non-standard plurals. Spoonerisms, named after Reverend William Archibald Spooner, are not technically […]

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Similes, Metephors and the Color Purple

Similes and metaphors are all part of a writers pallet. An author wields a descriptive brush, gathering up the appropriate pigment with which to paint their next picture.  The medium is one of words but a picture is painted nonetheless. Dense, cold, jagged grief hung from his heart like a block of wet clay mixed […]

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