L is for Litotes


Did you know that there’s a term for a figure of speech that means the opposite of hyperbole? I didn’t, but it’s derived from the Greek word meaning “simple.”


“A deliberate understatement for effect. For example, a good idea may be described as ‘not half bad,’ or a difficult task considered ‘no small feat.’ Litotes is found frequently in Old English poetry.”

Source: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/resources/learning/glossary-terms

That Dr Seuss fellow didn’t lack an imagination.



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