Figure of Speech – Anangram

Figure of Speech Anangram: Anagram An anagram is a word, words or phrases which when rearranged forms another word or a phrase. The letters in the word should be used as it is given in the original word. The original word is called ‘subject’ while the new word is ‘anagram’. The anagram of ‘a gentleman’ is ‘an elegant man’. One who creates is called an ‘anagrammatist’. Most anagrammatist would love to create challenging anagrams. Anagrams are used to create Pseudonyms, tRead More…

Figure of speech Palindrome

Figure of speech Palindrome: A palindrome is a word that reads the same even when it is read backwards. Some phrases and some sequence of words are also palindromes. In sequence of words punctuation and the spaces of words are allowed. For example ‘step on no pets’ read the same when read backwards. “Red rum, sir, is murder’ can also be read the same backwards but the space and punctuation will change. The word palindrome is derived from the Greek words ‘palin’ meaning ‘back’ andRead More…

Figure of Speech – Irony

Figure of Speech – Irony: Irony is a figure of speech where there is a contradiction of what is said and what is intended. So when it is said, “The biggest dog in France was called Tiny,” the irony is ‘big’ and ‘tiny’ mean the opposite. To put it simply it is the difference between the reality and appearance. There are three types of irony.  Irony is used in words as above and there is situational irony. When a man laughs at the misfortune of another not realising the same misfortune is awaitRead More…

Figure of Speech - Metonym

Figure of Speech – Metonym

Figure of Speech – Metonym- Metonym is a figurative language to make the language colourful and interesting by giving a linked term for a concept or an object. It is used often in everyday speech and in literature. Some use it even without realising it. The most famous example for metonym is, ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’. ‘Pen’ stands for the ‘written word’ and the ‘sword’ stands for ‘violence’. Just as any other literary device metonyms add flavour to the language. ARead More…

Figure of Speech- Oxymoron

Figure of Speech- Oxymoron

Figure of Speech- Oxymoron: Oxymoron is a rhetorical figure of speech with words that contradict each other. The ‘same difference’ is used quite commonly and this is a classic example of an oxymoron. Same means one thing and the opposite of it is ‘different. Thus same and difference contradict each other but is used effectively to convey the thought.  It might be puzzling especially if read separately but together they convey a certain meaning. Oxymoron is used for many purposes. Most oftRead More…

Figure of Speech – Simile

Figure of Speech – Simile: A simile is figure of speech compares two different things using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’. What is desired by using a simile is to spark an exciting connection between two things in the reader’s mind. Similes and metaphors can be confused as both compare two different things. While metaphors compare directly, similes are compare with the words, like and as. Metaphor: She is an angel. Simile: She looks like an angel. Practise Exercise Identify the Read More…

Figure of Speech – Idiom

Figure of Speech – Idiom: Idioms are words or phrases that cannot be taken literally. Every language has its own collection of sayings. These sayings have a different meaning. When they are short they are known as idioms and if they are longer they are called proverbs. “Cold feet” indicates that someone has become very nervous. Every culture has its own set of idioms. Unless one is familiar with the language and culture it is difficult to understand the real meaning. So when someone says feeRead More…