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Saturday, April 9, 2011


Hyperbole: An exaggeration or overstatement. Both Southerners and histrionic women, alike, speak in hyperbole as a rule. Woe be unto the man who finds himself tangled with a southern histrionic woman.

An Example from Literature: Carl Sandburg in his poem, "The People, Yes"

It's a slow burg—I spent a couple of weeks there one day.

My Try: Ice clinked thunderously in his glass as Netty came in the door. The familiar noise stopped her cold on the carpet. "Where ya' been Netty?" asked Charlie Duggan. "You know Lou Ellen won't like to find out you been over at her house when she's not home." Just then, Mary Alice and Jim pounded down the stairs to greet their mother.

Leave an exaggerated comment.

(This blog post is brought to you as a part of the April A to Z Challenge.)

April 11th - Idiom


the writing pad said...

Hi Lucy
I've told you a million times, I never exaggerate :-)
Good post and I loved your example
All best

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Again most enjoyable to read,

Have a great week-end.

shah wharton said...

This is and Earth shatteringly fine post! ;D Hey Lucy. Following and saying hi - thanks for stopping by my blog. Shah .X

Martha (MM) said...

Thanks for stopping by, I'm a new follower for the A-Z challenge. Have a Happy weekend :-)

Karen Walker said...

This is the best blog post ever!
Really, I'm a fellow a-z participants and very happy to "meet" you.

Susan Kane said...

Many of my childhood community migrated to Illinois from Kentucky and Arkansas after the Civil War. Hyperbole runs strong there still. My dad was a master. thanks for an excellent post!

Hannah Kincade said...

I love your attempt. I was instantly transport to the humid south, drinking sweet tea.

Anonymous said...

Whenever I've applied Sandburg's example in conversation ("I played LaCrosse one day for a week!), all I've gotten in return was a year's worth of blank stares.

I would leave a hyperbolic comment for your post, but this comment box is only so big, and could not possibly contain the ka-zillions of well-deserved compliments it requires.

The Golden Eagle said...

I have officially collapsed in utter shock and amazement at the examples in this post.


Thanks for commenting on my blog!

Mike said...

Anonymous? Hey, that's me! oooops

Jingle said...

awesome writings shared.

deep and smart one.

Brianna said...

This post is as hot as the surface of the sun!

Shannon Lawrence said...

I use hyperbole maybe once in a blue moon. Great play on the A to Z Challenge!

Ellie said...

Holy Hyperbole!

Ellie Garratt

Don Harris said...

That's the most udderly ridaclueless thing that's ever been blogofied (So put that in your Hyper-bowl and smoke it)

Lucy Adams said...

You're cracking me up:)

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