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Rhetoric–B2: Hyperbole & Pun/Paronomasia

Posted: 2014 年 01 月 23 日 in Rhetoric
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III. Hyperbole

  1. Polly, I love you. You are the whole world to me, and the moon and the stars.
  2. I haven’t seen you for ages.
  3. She shed floods of tears.
  4. The waves ran mountain high.
  5. He complains, and with millions of reasons.
  6. Blood streams down from the forehead.
  7. I was scared to death.
  8. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Chinese medicine.
  9. I’ve told you fifty times.
  10. The cheers reached the stars.
  11. He bombarded me with a number of questions.
  12. He is no fool. I should say.
  13. He is no mean opponent in the coming debate.
  14. Man is not born to die.
  15. I was not a little surprised at the news.
  16. It’s no easy matter to repair that machine.
  17. After one year’s illness he was reduced to a skeleton.
  18. He sat perfectly quietly, and never spoke a syllable.

IV. Pun/Paronomasia

  1. An ambassador is an honest man who lies abroad for the food of his country.
  2. Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man.
  3. What do lawyers do when they die?       Lie still.
  4. On the first day of this week, he became very weak.
  5. They didn’t write well, so they tried to right the wrong.
  6. On Sunday they pray for you and on Monday they prey on you.
  7. There were a row of young fellows in the street, and a row among them, too.
  8. Finding tears on her coat, she burst into tears.
  9. Customer: I would like a book, please.

Bookseller: Something light?

Customer: That doesn’t matter. I have my car with me.

10. Hotel-keeper: Here are a few views of our hotel for you to take with you, sir.

Guest: Thanks, but I have my own views of your hotel.



15. Puns

Posted: 2013 年 11 月 29 日 in Logology

Puns refer to using of a word in such a way so as to suggest two or more meanings or different associations, or the use of two or more words of the same or nearly the same sound with different meanings, so as to produce a humorous effect. It is said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them. By category, there are various types of puns.

  1. 同音同字:Never attack an octopus–they are always well-armed.

  2. 同音異字:Lion: You’re a cheater. Cheetah: You’re a liar.

  3. 字首異音:Most men find, in fact, that divorce is a matter of wife or debt.

  4. 字尾異音:Aerobics is a form of exercise invented to take our breadth away.

  5. 拆字分析:When Zeus banished him to Africa to hold up the heavens, his faithful girlfriend went with him sighing, “Atlas, we are alone!”

  6. 相近發音:A sign on the door of a music store: Gone Chopin. Bach in a minute.

  7. 對比單字Life is a near death experience.

  8. 相關單字:The first nudist convention received little coverage.

  9. 諺語Time is money, especially overtime.

Exercise: Please explain how the following puns result.

  1. At a maternity shop: Closed on Labor Day.

  2. On a plumber’s truck: We repair what your husband fix.

  3. At a New York restaurant: Customers who find our waitresses rude ought to see the manage.

  4. At a gynecologist’s office: Dr. Jones, at your cervix.

  5. At a dental office: Be true to your teeth, or they will be false to you.

  6. The thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

  7. A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.

  8. Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

  9. To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

  10. The advantage of speaking another language is you can talk behind someone’s back right in front of their face.