Tag Archives: humor

Til We Have Faces

Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words. — Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis … Continue reading

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A drug called Charlie Sheen

I am on a drug, it’s called Charlie Sheen. — Charlie Sheen The rhetorical device and/or Greek figure used is anthimeria, where you take a word in one part of speech, like a noun (in this case, a proper noun) and … Continue reading

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Winter sass

Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.” — Robert Byrne The rhetorical figure, is snoclone. It’s a snoclone because it follows a familiar (yet elusive origin) pattern of “X is Y’s way of saying Z;” anthropomorphism due to the fact … Continue reading

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Take me drunk

Take me drunk, I’m home. –Any American ever drunk The Greek figure and/or rhetorical device is anastrophe, as revealed by the switching of the word order. See and read about this quote and others at UKY.edu. Click a tag below … Continue reading

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Begin to lie

The moment a man talks to his fellows he begins to lie. –Hilaire Belloc The Greek figure, or rhetorical device, at play is autophasia, can’t not talk, thereby falling victim to the fate of lying.  And, maybe the author is lying when he says … Continue reading

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Between two evils

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. –Mae West The persuasive element at play is reframing, particularly, reframing not making the same mistake twice. I found this quote and other great ones at FamousNiceQuotes.blogspot.com. Click a … Continue reading

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Major Minor difference

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles. –Mignon McLaughlin The persuasive element is enantiosis, as major and minor are opposites and seemingly contradict each other in this quote. It’s a literary juxtaposition. I great quotes with great … Continue reading

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schadenfreude?

A humorist is a person who feels bad, but who feels good about it. –Don Herold The persuasive element is enantiosis, as feel good and feel bad are opposites and seemingly contradict each other in this quote.  It’s a literary … Continue reading

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I’m serious, this is a joke

A joke is a very serious thing. –Winston Churchill The Greek figure, or rhetorical device, is enantiosis,better known as juxtaposition.  The seeming contradiction of anything about a joke being funny is at the center of the enantiosis.  See this quote and … Continue reading

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In between life and death

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome. -Isaac Asimov The Greek figure and/or rhetorical device is paraprosdokian, due to the twist at the end. Also, notice the humor-making pattern of set the frame, set the pattern, … Continue reading

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