exaggeration (N) — an overstating of a situation.
frank (Adj) —direct and honest, forthright.
hedge (V) — back off from a situation with carefully chosen words; use weasel words; protect oneself with qualifications to a statement to avoid suffering future embarrassment or damage to reputation.
hyperbole (N) — obvious and intentional exaggeration.
weasel words (N) — words that are indirect, ambiguous, misleading or confusing; not frank.
pleonasm (N) — the use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning (e.g., see with one's eyes ), either as a fault of style or for emphasis.
pragmatics (N) — the study of how language relates to context (how our wording is influenced by personal knowledge, cultural beliefs and the person to whom we are talking.)
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