Metaphor and Simile

Metaphor and simile are two of the most common rhetorical devices we use in writing. They are similar: metaphor makes an implicit comparison, by referring to one thing as if it were another thing; simile likens one thing to another, making the comparison explicitly with words such as “like” or “as.” Metaphor: She is a butterfly, flitting Read More …

Litotes

“‘ell, Guv’nor, she’s really scrabbling around the bottom of the dictionary for it today, isn’t she?” “For what?” “For an ‘L word,’ that’s what. Litotes. What tha ‘ell is that?” “Well, it ain’t your everyday, commonplace little English word, that’s for sure.” And there you go: litotes – an ironic understatement that confirms an idea Read More …