Figuratively Speaking

Author: Narayana M S

Publisher: Sriranga Digital Software Technologies Pvt. Ltd.


Category: Humor


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Duck the clickbaits and hit the bull's eye. Sidestep traps to unearth a goldmine. 'Buy one get one free' is an irresistible offer, and the buyers of this book surely hit two birds with a single stone. Well, they certainly do so, figuratively speaking. "Figuratively speaking…" is the author's musings on a host of topics related to the pandemic and lockdown. During the recent lockdown, the author has humorously recorded his thoughts in this compilation of essays which are deliberately loaded with many idioms, phrases and other elements of figurative language. While a casual reader can have loads of fun reading these mostly lighthearted narratives, keys to the world of figurative language comes as an absolutely free takeaway. The book covers a wide range of topics that deal with various social, political, medical, cultural and even the spiritual aspects related to the pandemic and the lockdown. The generally humorous narrative style employed through the book sometimes get surprisingly serious and thought provoking. By design, all the 34 essays in this compilation have been generously stuffed with all the elements of figurative language to the extent possible. Constructively using the free time that unexpectedly fell into our laps due to the lockdown, the author has made an earnest attempt to entertain both the casual reader and the English language lover through this book of somewhat unconventional genre that is crafted to tickle the funny bones of its patrons. For the readers with a deeper interest in figurative expressions, this book also attempts to introduce the world of figurative language, in a novel way, The first two essays of the book have been provided with the necessary footnotes for various idioms and phrases used in them. Hopefully, these footnotes inspire the inclined readers to proactively learn more about figurative language, as they go through the rest of the essays. Figurative speech is the tricky trade of saying a thing and meaning another. While the literal language simply states facts, the figurative language is used to convey a message in a more interesting and colourful manner. Figurative expressions go beyond plainspeak and allude to a reality different from what they apparently seem to be at the first blush. One needs to be weary of these sheep in the clothes of wolves, for figuring out the figurative language by seeing through the camouflage is not everybody's cup of tea. "Figuratively speaking…" can serve as a useful module for language lovers to develop proficiency in figurative language.

Figuratively Speaking

Rhetoric and Culture from Quintilian to the Twin Towers

Author: Sarah Spence

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: History

Page: 160

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Although rhetoric is a term often associated with lies, this book takes a polemical look at rhetoric as a purveyor of truth. Its purpose is to focus on one aspect of rhetoric, figurative speech, and to demonstrate how the treatment of figures of speech provides a common denominator among western cultures from Cicero to the present. The central idea is that, in the western tradition, figurative speech - using language to do more than name - provides the fundamental way for language to articulate concerns central to each cultural moment. In this study, Sarah Spence identifies the embedded tropes for four periods in Western culture: Roman antiquity, the High Middle Ages, the Age of Montaigne, and our present, post-9/11 moment. In so doing, she reasserts the fundamental importance of rhetoric, the art of speaking well.

Figuratively Speaking

Revised Edition

Author: Robert J. Fogelin

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 144

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In this updated edition of his brief, engaging book, Robert J. Fogelin examines figures of speech that concern meaning--irony, hyperbole, understatement, similes, metaphors, and others--to show how they work and to explain their attraction. Building on the ideas of Grice and Tversky, Fogelin contends that figurative language derives its power from its insistence that the reader participate in the text, looking beyond the literal meaning of the figurative language to the meanings that are implied. With examples ranging from Shakespeare, John Donne, and Jane Austen to e.e. cummings, Bessie Smith, and Monty Python, Fogelin demonstrates that the intellectual and aesthetic force of figurative language is derived from the opportunity it provides for unlimited elaboration. Fogelin presents a modern restatement of the view, first put forward by Aristotle, that metaphors are to be treated as elliptical similes. He then offers a detailed defense of this "comparativist" view of metaphors in response to criticisms that have been brought against it by a series of eminent philosophers. This new edition is updated to reflect more recent work on the topic and will interest philosophers, linguists, and literary theorists.

Figuratively Speaking

Covers 40 Basic Literary Terms Using Examples from Classic Literature

Author: Delana Heidrich

Publisher: Learning Works


Category: Education

Page: 136

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"This book is organized into ""Figurative Language,"" ""Poetic Language,"" and ""Literary Techniques."" The book draws on classic literature to illustrate and instruct in the use and understanding of basic literary terms."

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Figuratively Speaking

Author: Scott Marcano





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The Big Setbacks and Little Victories of Office Life

Author: Derrick Lin

Publisher: Rizzoli Publications


Category: Miniature objects

Page: 208

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Figuratively Speaking is a humorous rendering of the big setbacks and 'little' victories of everyday office life using miniature figures, based on the author's popular Instagram. Like Sloane Tanen's Bitter with Baggage, Derrick Lin's bittersweet office world in miniature will appeal to anyone who has ever held down an office job - from those just sitting down at their first desk to the cubicle veterans among us. The perfect gift for college grads, your best office friend, or your retiring colleague.

Figuratively Speaking

Thesaurus of Expressions & Phrases

Author: J. Ajlouny



Category: Reference

Page: 250

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A figure of speech is an expression in which the words are used, but not in their literal sense, to create a more forceful or dramatic meaning. They are often in the form of metaphors, similes and hyperbole "A fountain of knowledge," is a good example. "Stretching the truth," is another. With Figuratively Speaking, we finally have a thesaurus to discover these phrases' origins and the sources of their meanings. Categories include: Attitudes; Body Types; Competition; Creature Comforts; Letting Loose; Ethics; Influence; Life, Health, & Death; Money; Personal Space; Personality Types; Speech; Thinking Power; Time; Trouble, Turmoil, & Commotion; and The World of Work. Whether reading it for fun, researching phrases you use, or studying the symbolic foundations of our language, Figuratively Speaking is the resource you'll reach for time and again.

Figuratively Speaking in the Computer Age

Techniques for Preparing and Delivering Presentations

Author: David M. Orchard

Publisher: Amer Assn of Petroleum Geologists


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 101

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Figuratively Speaking

Tuesday Night Drawing 50th Anniversary

Author: John Tollett




Page: 98

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The Tuesday Night Drawing Group of Santa Fe, New Mexico, celebrating its 50th anniversary, presents the exhibition catalog of their Sixth Annual Exhibit of Figure Drawings. Founded in 1969 by Eli Levin, the group is the longest-running drawing group in Santa Fe.

Analyzing Variation in Language

Papers from the Second Colloquium on New Ways of Analyzing Variation

Author: Colloquim on New Ways of Analyzing Variation, 2D, Georgetown University, 1973

Publisher: Georgetown University Press


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 327

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This collection of different perspectives on language variation serves as a companion volume to New Ways of Analyzing Variation in English.

Aspects of Metaphor

Author: Jaakko Hintikka

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 263

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Metaphor is one of the most frequently evoked but at the same time most poorly understood concepts in philosophy and literary theory. In recent years, several interesting approaches to metaphor have been presented or outlined. In this volume, authors of some of the most important new approaches re-present their views or illustrate them by means of applications, thus allowing the reader to survey some of the prominent ongoing developments in this field. These authors include Robert Fogelin, Susan Haack, Jaakko Hintikka (with Gabriel Sandu), Bipin Indurkhya and Eva Kittay (with Eric Steinhart). Their stance is in the main constructive rather than critical; but frequent comparisons of different views further facilitate the reader's overview. In the other contributions, metaphor is related to the problems of visual representation (Noël Carroll), to the open class test (Avishai Margalit and Naomi Goldblum) as well as to Wittgenstein's idea of `a way of life' (E.M. Zemach).

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë

Publisher: OUP Oxford


Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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'Such a strange book! Imagine a novel with a little swarthy governess for heroine, and a middle-aged ruffian for hero.' Sharpe's London Magazine (June 1855) Jane Eyre is an orphan grown up under the harsh regime first of her aunt and then as a pupil at Lowood Institution. She leaves to become a governess to the daughter of the mysterious Mr Rochester; gradually their relationship deepens, but Jane's passionate nature has yet to endure its deepest blows. In this new edition Sally Shuttleworth explores the power of a narrative that questions the rights of women, the nature of servitude and madness, martyrdom and rebellion in a story whose emotional charge is a strong today as it was more than 150 years ago. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Natural and Artificial Reasoning

An Exploration of Modelling Human Thinking

Author: Tom Addis

Publisher: Springer


Category: Computers

Page: 199

View: 156

What are the limitations of computer models and why do we still not have working models of people that are recognizably human? This is the principle puzzle explored in this book where ideas behind systems that behave intelligently are described and different philosophical issues are touched upon. The key to human behavior is taken to be intelligence and the ability to reason about the world. A strong scientific approach is taken, but first it was required to understand what a scientific approach could mean in the context of both natural and artificial systems. A theory of intelligence is proposed that can be tested and developed in the light of experimental results. The book illustrates that intelligence is much more than just behavior confined to a unique person or a single computer program within a fixed time frame. Some answers are unraveled and some puzzles emerge from these investigations and experiments. Natural and Artificial Reasoning provides a few steps of an exciting journey that began many centuries ago with the word ‘why?’