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figure of speech

A form of expression in language, either spoken or written, that employs nonliteral meaning, unusual construction, or a particular combination of sounds to emphasize or heighten the rhetorical effect. Bob: "Does eating an apple a day really keep doctors away from you?" Doug: "Don't take it so literally, Bob, it's just a figure of speech."
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Charity Afasic, which supports children with speech, language and communication impairments, has produced a booklet with a list of common figures of speech illustrated by cartoons.
In Oliphant's presentation, some of those preoccupations serve as organizing principles for the six sections: "Noticias de Babilonia / News from Babylon," "Figuras de Palabras / Figures of Speech," "El Arte y La Vida / Art and Life," "Monstruo de Brooklyn / Brooklyn Monster," "Las sirenas / The Sirens," and "Los que van a morir / Those Who Are Going to Die.
Then she deals with the characteristics of Ibn Khafajah's rhetorical style, how frequently the figures of speech are used, and how they are combined with each other.
She cites the claim that "almost all literary critics of repute" ignore the results of computer-assisted research of literature, that this research is presented in a "rebarbative" way, and - this is the main point of her article - something that she claims has not been noticed by any critics but herself, that figures of speech used by practitioners in presenting their research "tend to mythologize their own enterprises.
Mathews, ABC, writes from her communications consulting and training aerie in Phoenix to sigh, "I still cling to the childish belief that editorial writers are more careful about their grammar, syntax, and use of figures of speech (than other writers).
Figures of speech describing the process of problem-solving often use energy-intensive imagery in which our brains are kept busy "cranking out answers," "grinding away at problems" and "crunching numbers.
From there, her study expands to the pursuit of a specifically vernacular eloquence in early modern England, described in an early text as making classical figures of speech speak English.
Just in case anyone's wondering, figures of speech don't have to change because of metrication.
Jesus said that he was using figures of speech so that hearers would not know (there is ginosko again) what he is saying.
This fun book, a mixture of puzzles and essays, covers an extremely wide range of topics, from the classics such as anagrams, palindromes, lipograms, charades and pangrams, to more specialized ones such as mnemonics, figures of speech, license plate language (IM LATE on a white Rabbit), shop names (Just Desserts, a confectioner), malapropisms, Tom Swifties ('I'll take the prisoner downstairs', said Tom condescendingly), and titles in search of authors (The Art of Hitchhiking by Nita Ryde).
As Floyer has said in conversation with the British curator Jonathan Watkins, she sees not only things but also "familiar ideas, figures of speech, language in general as readymades.
English: D+ Tends to speak and write in archaic forms and uses outmoded figures of speech.
He does not use refrains or repetition; few figures of speech are found here.
Horowitz uses her anthology of seeds, trees, flowers, gardens, inseminations, sparks and lights to show how these figures of speech and thought provided writing about natural law and the pursuit of virtue with a persuasive and consciously intertextual evocation of a vital, epistemic capacityF of humans for a natural, plant-like blooming of inner potential.
In the closest thing to a true commedia portrayal, Brown is dead-on as the lascivious, self-serving Mayor who can't understand why she is being held accountable, wailing, ``Those weren't really (campaign) promises, they were figures of speech.