Hyperbole is defined as:
- A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect.
- An obvious and intentional exaggeration.
- An extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally
Synonyms: exaggeration, hype (informal), overstatement, enlargement, magnification, amplification
Popular liberal hyperbole subjects: Hitler, racist, social security, guns, abortion, voter ????, Hitler (they really like this one), the rich, and a new favorite Egypt’s president Mubarak.
Start with a headline to catch your attention.
For-profit college debt brings burdens
Follow up with a subhead that nails it and creates the mood.
“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.”
In 1946 the price of gasoline was 15 cents a gallon, the average cost of a car was $1,120 and an average house was $5,600 and I wasn’t born. Also in 1946, Economics in One Lesson was published as an economics textbook. A few questions probably come to mind:
- Why read a textbook?
- Why read a book about economics?
- Why read a book written in 1946?
I bought the book because Henry Hazlitt is credited as the author of the Broken Window Fallacy and I was interested in the concepts behind the story. I did not realize that it was a textbook and didn’t expect much as I started to read. It only took a few pages to become immersed in the pages.