The mind is a brittle object.He’s cracking up!
Personification -animating an object or entity•This paper will demonstratemy theory.•Inflation is eating upour profits.•We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
METONYMY = Being named for an associated qualityThis full-page ad in USA Today was protesting a decision made by Direct TV to no longer offer Nickelodeon, as well as other channels. What different kinds of metonymy are related to the word “Square?” 53
Which human characteristics will you give your object?•Inflation has attackedthe foundation of our economy.•Inflation has pinned usto the wall.•Inflation has robbed meof my savings.•Our biggest enemyright now is inflation.
OXYMORON=Contradictory or Paradoxical TermsOxymoroncomes from two Greek words oxysmeaning “sharp” and morosmeaning “foolish or dull.” •All deliberate speed•Civil War•deafening silence•A peace offensive•Friendly fire •pretty ugly•original copy•Virtual reality55
Syntactic humour•A census clerk, in scanning over the form to see if it had been properly filled up, noticed the figures 120 and 112 under the headings “Age of Father, if living” and “Age of Mother, if living.” •“But your parents were never so old, were they?” asked the astonished clerk. •“No”, was the reply, “but they would have been, if living.”If living = if they are aliveIf living = if they were alive •This is not a novel to be tossed lightly aside. It should be thrown with great force. (Dorothy Parker, 94)56
Ambiguous headlinesBritish Left Waffles on Falkland IslandsLung Cancer in Women MushroomsTeacher Strikes Idle KidsReagan Wins on Budget, but More Lies AheadEnraged Cow Injures Farmer with AxeMiners Refuse to Work after DeathSquad Helps Dog Bite VictimJuvenile Court Tries Shooting DefendantStolen Painting Found by TreeKiller Sentenced to Die for Second Time in 10 YearsGrandmother of Eight Makes Hole in OneTwo Convicts Evade Noose, Jury HungDealers will Hear Car Talk at NoonWe will sell gasoline to anyone in a glass container57
Yoko Ono will talk about her husband John Lennon who was killed in an interview with Barbara Walters. On a billboard for an electric company: "New Delhi Electricity Limited" Last week Toronto policemen buried one of their own - a 22-year-old constable shot with his own revolver in a solemn display of police solidarity rarely seen in Canada. What did the Zen master say to the guy at the hotdog stand? Make me one with everything58
More syntax•Maintenance complaints by US Air Force pilots, with responses by maintenance crews:•A: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
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