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Hyperbole: exaggeration for emphasis or for rhetorical effect.
*My vegetable love should grow Vaster than empires, and more slow; An hundred years should got to praise Thine eyes and on thine forehead gaze; Two hundred to adore each breast, But thirty thousand to the rest. Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"
*Da mi basia mille, deinde centum, Dein mille altera, dein secunda centum, Deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum. Catullus, to his.
pronounced: hy-PER-buh-lee Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred, Then another thousand, then a second hundred, Then still another thousand, then a hundred
Hyperbole is a figure of speech that uses an exaggerated or extravagant statement to create a strong emotional response. As a figure of speech it is not intended to be taken literally. Hyperbole is frequently used for humour. Examples of hyperbole are:
* They ran like greased lightning.
* He's got tons of money.
* Her brain is the size of a pea.
* He is older than the hills.
* I will die if she asks me to dance.
* She is as big as an elephant!
* I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.
* I have told you a million times not to lie!