[DWJ] literary consultation
mark at allums.com
Thu Nov 1 02:47:54 EDT 2007
Mark Allums wrote:
>> I don't think they're just puns. Goodness knows,
>> he can pun with the best.
>> So is there some simple name?
> I don't think this is quite the word for it, but the exaggerated
> understatement is "litotes", if I have got the spelling correct. Denying
> the opposite, that is. I don't think there is a single term for making
> the words fit the setting, is there?
Let me clarify: There is another term for understatement: "Meiosis".
It is the same word [homograph?] as the process of cell division. The
opposite is "auxesis", or hyperbole. Wikipedia has a whole list of
figures of speech; perhaps what you are looking for is one of them:
The trope, "metonymy", shows promise, but is not really exactly what you
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