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Epigram Posted on 2011-01-07 13:12:49
An epigram is a statement, or any brief saying in prose or poetry, in which there is an apparent contradiction. A very short, satirical and ...
Circumlocution Posted on 2011-01-07 13:11:04
Circumlocution is the use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language to avoid getting to the point. Example: An electronical cupboard wi...
Aposiopesis Posted on 2011-01-07 13:08:58
Aposiopesis is a rhetorical device wherein a sentence is deliberately broken off and left unfinished, the ending to be supplied by the imagi...
Antonomasia Posted on 2011-01-07 13:06:56
Antonomasia is the use of a proper name to stand for something else having an attribute associated with that name, or the use of a general t...
Anaphora Posted on 2011-01-07 13:04:48
In rhetoric, an anaphora is a rhetorical device that consists of repeating a sequence of words at the beginnings of neighboring clauses, the...
Anacoluthon Posted on 2011-01-07 13:02:12
Anacoluthon is a syntactic interruption or deviation: that is, an abrupt change in a sentence from one construction to another which is gram...
Haiku Posted on 2011-01-07 12:58:58
Haiku is a poetic form and a type of poetry from the Japanese culture. Haiku combines form, content, and language in a meaningful, yet compa...
Irony Posted on 2011-01-07 12:37:09
Irony is the use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning; a statement or situation where the meaning is contradicted by the...
Phrases coined by William Shakespeare Posted on 2011-01-07 12:21:13
Here"s a collection of well-known quotations that are associated with Shakespeare. Most of these were the Bard"s own work, but he wasn"t ave...
Proverbs Posted on 2011-01-07 12:19:24
Proverbs are popularly defined as short expressions of popular wisdom. Efforts to improve on the popular definition have not led to a more p...
Congratulations Messages Posted on 2011-01-07 01:37:31
Congratulations messages allow us to celebrate another person"s accomplishment. Sometimes it"s difficult to know what to write in a congratu...
Onomatopoeia Posted on 2011-01-07 01:30:42
Onomatopoeia is the imitation of natural sounds in word form. These words help us form mental pictures about the things, people, or places t...
Alliteration Posted on 2011-01-07 01:14:42
Alliteration is the repetition of the initial consonant. There should be at least two repetitions in a row. Examples of alliteration are: ...
Hyperbole Posted on 2011-01-07 00:40:39
Hyperbole is a figure of speech that uses an exaggerated or extravagant statement to create a strong emotional response. As a figure of spee...
Metaphors Posted on 2011-01-07 00:23:43
Metaphor is the concept of understanding one thing in terms of another. A metaphor is a figure of speech that constructs an analogy between ...
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