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Figures of Speech (Stylistic Devices)

What are stylistic devices?

In literature and writing, a figure of speech (also called stylistic device or rhetorical device) is the use of any of a variety of techniques to give an auxiliary meaning, idea, or feeling.

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Our refrigerator door is full of stuck-on notes, pictures, cartoons etc. that a sign in its center says “No Vacancy.”


talk or text

If they’re not talking your head off, they’re texting your eyes out.


hat communication

People no longer talk through their hat. They text through it.


idea delivery

If you can’t wait to give birth to an idea, go to a brain surgeon and have it Caesarean.



Articulus (ar-tic’-u-lus): Roughly equivalent to “phrase” in English, except that the emphasis is on joining several phrases (or words) successively without any conjunctions (in which case  96 more words

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hole in one

The neighbor kid hit a hole in one today. The hole was in one of my windows.