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21 Aug 2016 — Over-exaggerate

 

How would you improve this wording?

 

A guy "talking big" with his hands

OK. So I over-exaggerated the situation a little bit.

Select each option and read the feedback.

 

1.

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OK. So I over-exaggerated the situation a little bit.

2.

OK. So I exaggerated the situation.

3.

OK. So I overstated the situation a little bit.

4.

OK. I lied.

GLOSSARY

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.

weaselweasel 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.)

IMAGE

robotpolisher. "Mike once caught a fish thiiiiis big." Flickr. 12 Apr. 2008, www.flickr.com/photos/lintbrush/2451243716.  Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.