What is hyperbole?
Hyperbole is the deliberate use of exaggeration to create feeling (sympathy, anger, humour) or an impression.
Note on hyperbole
You should be careful with using hyperbole – a little can add variety, but don’t make it too crazy or use it too often. You should also choose when to use it – serious writing doesn’t generally use hyperbole.
|He has tons of money||He is rich|
|Her brain is the size of a pea||She is stupid|
|I’m so hungry I could eat a horse||I’m very hungry|
|If I am seen with her, I will die of embarrassment||I would be embarrassed if people see me with her|
|It’s going to take me a million years||It’s going to take a really long time|
|I’m freezing||I’m really cold|
|This room is boiling||This room is really hot|
|I’m starving||I’m really hungry|
|I’ve been dying of the flu all week||I’ve been really sick with the flu all week|
Further common examples
|I have a million things to do||I have a mountain of paperwork to do|
|I will be there in two seconds||She is so thin that when she turns sideways she disappears|
|The bus is taking forever||You’re always doing that|
|I’ve told you a thousand times||She has been working here since the beginning of time|
|I’m so tired I could sleep for a week||She is so beautiful she could stop traffic|