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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.
If Locke's figures of speech fail to cohere into a consistent discourse, one could conclude that they do not amount to a discourse rather than that they indicate any tensions within the epistemology.
Al-Nowaihi concludes that in the earlier work of Ibn Khafajah, paranomasia and antithesis dominate; in the later work, however, figures of speech are more integrated with each other.
The simile is one of the simplest figures of speech, but still has great image-making power.
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).
Most of us have seen one or the other of the great creative writers toss off apparently effortless but dazzling figures of speech.
He extracted humor from weird figures of speech, big words, and high-sounding expressions, but often delivered himself of shrewd aphorisms, and in this respect was again a model for Mark Twain.
Figures of Speech undertakes to show that certain American writers who portrayed themselves as seekers after truth or as pure artists cannot be taken at their word.
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.
He examines iconic figures of speech such as stage metaphor, allegory, speech-acts, and the theatre experience as a metaphor; the conventions of the stage; fictional thinking; the reception of theatre as a mode of communication, and a wide variety of other related subjects.
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.
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.