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Cognates Posted on 2011-01-14 17:00:39
Cognates are words that have a common etymological origin. Examples of cognates in Indo-European languages are the words night (English), n...
Oxymoron Posted on 2011-01-11 12:25:51
An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms. Oxymorons appear in a variety of contexts, including inadvertent errors...
Puns in Romeo and Juliet Posted on 2011-01-11 12:21:22
Examples of Puns in Romeo and Juliet: Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down. Mercutio: That dreamers often lie Romeo: In bed asl...
Pun or paronomasia Posted on 2011-01-11 12:20:43
The pun, or paronomasia, is a form of word play which suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar...
Idiom Posted on 2011-01-11 12:18:56
An idiom is the expression from which figurative meaning can be derived. The 25,000 idioms in English language are figures of speech which a...
Idioms Posted on 2011-01-11 12:16:50
An idiom is an expression, word, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is comprehended in regard to a common use of that expression t...
Metonymy Posted on 2011-01-11 12:11:24
Metonymy is a figure of speech used in rhetoric in which a thing or concept is not called by its own name, but by the name of something inti...
Personification Posted on 2011-01-11 11:05:11
Personification is the act of attributing human characteristics to inhuman or inanimate objects. Personification examples: * The branc...
Paradox Posted on 2011-01-11 11:03:39
A paradox is a true statement or group of statements that leads to a contradiction or a situation which defies logic or intuition. Paradox...
Dramatic Irony Posted on 2011-01-11 11:01:37
Irony is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or situation in which there is a sharp incongruity or discordance that goes beyond the sim...
Verbal irony Posted on 2011-01-11 10:59:39
Irony is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or situation in which there is a sharp incongruity or discordance that goes beyond the sim...
Palindrome Posted on 2011-01-11 10:56:28
A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or other sequence of units that can be read the same way in either direction (the adjustment of punct...
Tautology Posted on 2011-01-11 10:54:09
a tautology is an unnecessary or unessential (and sometimes unintentional) repetition of meaning, using different and dissimilar words that ...
Jargon Posted on 2011-01-11 10:50:12
Jargon is a term used to describe words that are specific to a particular subject; which are incomprehensible to persons unacquainted with t...
Euphemism Posted on 2011-01-11 10:48:35
A euphemism is a substitution for an expression that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the receiver, using instead an agreeable ...
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