Here are some examples of hyperbole:
- My potatoes are swimming in gravy!
- It’s so cold that the polar bears are wearing jackets.
- I’ll be ready in a second.
- He is as old as the hills.
- He has a ton of money.
Hyperbole, pronounced hy-PUR-bow-lee, is a Greek word meaning “exaggeration or overshot”. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, but is not meant to be taken literally.
Hyperboles are exaggerations to create emphasis or effect. As a literary device, hyperbole is often used in poetry, and is frequently encountered in casual speech.
Another example of hyperbole is: “The bag weighed a ton.” Hyperbole helps to make the point that the bag was very heavy, although it is not probable that it would actually weigh a ton. [Source Wikipedia]
This is a short collection of hyperpole examples and their meanings for illustration.
Read this big list of hyperbole examples.
- Select 10 of the above examples and explain their meanings.
- Construct 8 hyperboles of your own. Share them with on another and explain their meanings.
- Write an 8 lined poem with 6 lines of hyperbole.
- Draw a cartoon using hyperbole. Exaggerate a feature or event for humor.
- Practice writing your own hyperbole and illustrating the best one.
A line from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Concord Hymn reads:
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.
Comedians Mark Lowry and Bill Gaither joke about Mark’s tendency to exaggerate.