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Transcript of Hyperbole/Understatement
A hyperbole is an exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
Examples of Hyperbole
Your suitcase weighs a ton!
She is as heavy as a elephant.
I am trying to solve a million issues these days.
What is an Understatement?
An understatement is the presentation something as being smaller, worse, or less important than it actually is.
Examples of an Understatement
"It is just a little cool today"- when the temperature outside is 5 degrees below.
"It's just a little scratch."- when there is a huge dent.
"We have had a little rain"- when the entire area is flooded.
Illustration of Understatement
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Ways to Remember Hyperbole
There are many ways to remember a hyperbole, but the two simple ways are:
Thinking of hyperbole as exaggeration.
Remembering the word hyper, which means "over" or "excessively"
Illustration of Hyperbole
Examples of Hyperbole in Literature
"I had to wait in the station for ten days-an-eternity." From "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad.
"You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel." From "The Bible".
"The rock poured me out rivers of oil." From "The Bible"
Understatements in Literature
"We teachers are rather good at magic, you know." In "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
I understand he has given uniform satisfaction, sir"- P.G Woodehouse character Jeeves on Shakespeare
Understatements in Films
"It tickled"- when asked how his execution by the firing squad went in "Wolverine".
"She's a little sensitive"- describing Moaning Myrtle in "Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets".
"This is going to ruin my whole day " after getting shot in "Avatar"
Ways to Remember Understatement
The easiest ways to remember the meaning of understatement is to:
Think of an understatement as a phrase that is trying to make something seem less important than it is.
Remember the definition of the word under, which means "lower" or "below".