+
Hyperboles

Hyperboles

Author: Nikki Hansen
Description:

To introduce and/or review the terms "figure of speech" and "hyperbole" and how they are used.

This packet contains a song, a text description and two videos (one with commentary) that help to explain what hyperboles are. In this packet, you will learn what a hyperbole is and where/how it is used.

(more)
See More
Try a College Course Free

Sophia’s self-paced online courses are a great way to save time and money as you earn credits eligible for transfer to over 2,000 colleges and universities.*

Begin Free Trial
No credit card required

25 Sophia partners guarantee credit transfer.

221 Institutions have accepted or given pre-approval for credit transfer.

* The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 20 of Sophia’s online courses. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs.

Tutorial

Words to Know

Figure of Speech: The use of a word that diverges from its normal meaning, or a phrase with a specialized meaning not based on the literal meaning of the words.

Hyperbole: A hyperbole (pronounced hi-PURR-bowl-ee) is the use of exaggeration as a figure of speech. A hyperbole is used to evoke strong feelings, or to create a strong impression, but is not meant to be taken literally.

Example: My backpack weighs a ton. → This is an exaggeration. If your backpack literally weighed a ton, you couldn't carry it!

Source: wiki, nikki

When is a hyperbole used?

Hyperboles are often used in poetry, songs and even news stories to help enhance the message.

Example (song lyrics):

"She's got me wrapped around her little finger"  

"Because the sky is blue, it makes me cry"

Example (poetry):

Those children nursed, deliver'd from thy brain

Example (news story): 

The republicans took the election by a landslide.


Can you think of places where you may have seen or heard a hyperbole?

Source: wiki, cam strother, nikki

Highlighting Hyperboles

These are the lyrics to the song posted to the packet. In this video, I go through the lyrics and highlight the hyperboles, and provide a brief commentary.

Hyperboles In Real Life!

This is a facebook chat (I'm sure you're all familiar with facebook) between my friend and I. We both use hyperboles throughout the conversation. Can you pick them out?

Source: ray oneel, me, facebook