Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Better Than Anything

The word hyperbole means to overthrow — to toss a phrase above and beyond reason. Hyperbole is a rhetorical device that is not meant to be read literally. It appeals to our desire to live vicariously through language because the notion or imagery it produces creates a far more lush universe than the one in which we live. Our language is littered with words which describe the furthest extremes of what is possible: never, always, most, none, best, worst, everything, nothing.

It is absolutely true, however, that this is the bestest, most awesome and out-of-this-world cocktail that mankind has ever invented. Ever. Ever.

The Calvert Party Encyclopedia, 1960

Also from this book: Prairie Oysters
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