Euphemisms, Metaphors, Clichés, Oxymorons and More
If you do not know the definition of some of the words in this title, you are not alone. Although many of these things are used in every day conversation, many people may look puzzled if you ask them to define them.
- Anagrams – A word, phrase, or sentence formed by rearranging the letters of another. Example: angel, formed from glean. Click here for a list of anagrams.
- Clichés – An overused expression or idea. Example: All’s well that ends well. Click here for a list of clichés.
- Euphemisms – A harmless word or phrase that may be used as a suggestive one. Example: A bun in the oven would be a euphemism for pregnant. Click here for a list of euphemisms.
- Metaphors – An implied comparison of two unlike things. Example: Frozen with fear. Click here for a list of metaphors.
- Oxymorons – A figure of speech with contradictory terms. Example: Led Zeppelin. Click here for a list of oxymorons.
- Palindromes – A word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward. Example: A Santa at NASA. Click here for a list of palindromes.
- Pleonasms/Redundant Phrases – Using more words than is necessary. Example: Affirmative yes. Click here for a list of pleonasms.
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