Figurative Language Versus Literal Language"

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In our society, words and what order those words fall in contribute to their meaning. That’s why it is very important to use words in the correct grammatical order, correct context and exact language. The power of words affects our senses, thinking, feelings creativity and the way we think. It is imperative that we must understand the phrases and meanings of words before they can properly be used. When language is shaped properly, it will assimilate into a culture. Since the English language is rich and varied, it offers an array of choices when communicating. Here are a few of those choices.
An idiom is a phrase that when spoken outside of a particular culture it seems incomprehensible. This peculiar use of phrases is not taken
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These flame words are often vulgar terms or racially charged. It is never good to use these words when speaking about an individual or group. Calling Law Enforcement officers “pigs” is considered a flame word.
Hyperbole is simply a figure of speech that exaggerates. It is often used in our culture to emphasize or express the importance of what happen when telling information. “ I nearly died laughing,” or “ I will wait an eternity” are examples of a hyperbole.
The thesaurus defines euphemism this way; an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh. “Collateral Damage,” “Cougar” and “Kicking the bucket” are all euphemisms. Euphemisms may be used to hide unpleasant or disturbing ideas, even when the literal term for them is not necessarily offensive. This type of euphemism is used in public relations and politics where the information changes the context of information
A colloquialism can be called a slang term, although it isn’t necessarily slang in a negative sense. It often isn’t rude to utter a colloquialism and may be specific to a region, or fall into popular style based on a variety of factors. One such example is the phrase “What’s up?” In stead of saying “Hello,” or how are you,” many individuals simply say what’s up. That colloquial phrase is understood. However you wouldn’t start a business letter or go to an interview and use that phrase. Part

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