As human as we are, there are instances when we can’t help but exaggerate our objective statements, no matter how ridiculous it may sound. But sometimes, these expressions can help us paint a better picture of how we really feel than just saying how things actually are. Hyperbole, as these are called, have been around for some time now. And this figurative language is very much a part of our everyday lives.
To get the gist of what a hyperbole really is, here is a quick run-through of its respective definition along with a few of its examples.
A hyperbole is a figure of speech examples that express exaggerated thoughts or claims that must not be taken in its literal sense. This provides extra emphasis to prove how extreme a certain situation may be. These expressions are often used as a form of wit or humor, distress or even excitement; depending on how it is used in a sentence.
A common phrase we hear from people who feel frustrated about saying the same thing multiple times over your failure to fully grasp their initial statements and comply accordingly. But let’s be practical and do the math. If a person has told you something for about a million times, then they must have repeated themselves once every millisecond. It’s safe to say, not even The Flash could do something that extreme within a mere second!
There are times when our stomach starts growling for mercy over our lack of food intake, or possibly our bad habit of taking meals a lot later than we should. But it’s a known fact that the average human can survive longer without food than water, so you’re likely to die from dehydration first than from not having any food in your system. And if you do “starve to death”, it’s a gradual process of your body losing its nutrients so you can’t expect it to happen immediately after skipping a meal or two.
Measuring your love with something as cheesy as “to the moon and back” is a bittersweet mixture of cute and gross, but it works well for the hopeless romantic souls out there. That’s probably why a lot of authors of young adult romance novels like to use this phrase ever so generously.
How can something that weighs about 3 pounds, with a length of around 15 centimeters, be a size of a pea? But if you do find someone with a brain that’s the size of a pea, you can expect a call from The Guinness Book of World Records sometime soon— and you might want to ring a group of neurologists while you’re at it as well.
A toothpick is a tiny piece of wood, metal, or plastic used to remove small particles of food from being stuck in between our teeth. So imagine if a person has a body frame of a toothpick, don’t you think we could’ve stopped cutting trees and started using people to clean our teeth by now? While this may be a simple figure of speech, it is still considered to be a serious issue revolving body-shaming.
After a long day at school, you come home with a pile of homework in one hand, and a list of errands your mom just left for you on the other. It’s a lot of work to accomplish for one night, but do you really have a million things to do? It’s not that bad if you start as soon as possible. Chances are, you can probably finish everything within the next three hours.
Do you know how many gallons of water it takes to fill up an average-sized swimming pool? Around 18,000-20,000 gallons. It’s pretty clear that the human body isn’t big enough nor capable of carrying that amount of weight at a time. It’s also unlikely that a person could cry that much, even after a messy breakup or a passing of a loved one.
It must be frustrating to have to wait for a friend or a partner to get ready, especially when you could have used all that extra time doing something more fun and interesting than sitting on a living room couch. Saying that somebody “took forever to get ready” in a literal way could mean that you’ve been waiting for the Ice Age, the dinosaur extinction, and the Second World War just for someone to finish.
There’s a long list of Hollywood stars who have graced the covers of some of the biggest magazines of all time with their pearly whites on full display, so it comes as no surprise how much money people are willing to spend just to get that award-winning smile. But if teeth could really be blinding white, don’t you think about half of society would have gone blind by now? White teeth are great but don’t count on them as a weapon for self-defense.
There are only two ways a pair of shoes could be killing you: it’s used as a murder weapon or it could be some live alien species with sharp teeth. While the former is a lot more possible than the latter, a pair of shoes can’t really kill you unless some tragic accident took place. But don’t be fooled, wearing a pair of stilettos can hurt if you run around in it all day, but not so much that it could be the primary cause of death.
While using these unrealistic comparisons can sometimes get out of hand, we can’t deny how including hyperbole expressions into our language can make our lives the kind of drama we’re all guilty of being.