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ADAGE. noun a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb – accepted to be at least partially true Good things come in small packages. Curiosity killed the cat. APHORISM. terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation

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Adage

ADAGE

noun a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb– accepted to be at least partially true

Good things come in small packages.

Curiosity killed the cat.


Aphorism

APHORISM

  • terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation

  • “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton).

  • “Only strong personalities can endure history, the weak ones are extinguished by it.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)


Epigram

EPIGRAM

noun 1. any witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed.

2. epigrammatic expression: Oscar Wilde had a genius for epigram.

3. a short, often satirical poem dealing concisely with a single subject and usually ending with a witty or ingenious turn of thought.

"I am not young enough to know everything."(Oscar Wilde)


Chiasmus

CHIASMUS

  • a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases, as in “He went to the country, to the town went she.”


Clich

CLICHÉ

  • noun 1. a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser,  or strong as an ox.

  • All’s fair in love and war.

  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

  • Happy as a pig in mud

  • Couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn

  • Woke up on the wrong side of the bed

  • Whatever floats your boat


Litotes

LITOTES

  • understatement, especially that in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary, as in “not bad at all.”

  • No small accomplishment

  • That is not a meager sum of money

  • She’s no idiot


Farce

FARCE

  • 1. a light, humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillfully exploited situation rather than upon the development of character.

  • 2. humor of the type displayed in such works.

  • 3. foolish show; mockery; a ridiculous sham.


Lampoon

LAMPOON

  • 1. a sharp, often virulent satire directed against an individual or institution; a work of literature, art, or the like, ridiculing severely the character or behavior of a person, society, etc.


Satire

SATIRE

  • 1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.

  • 2. a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.

  • 3. a literary genre comprising such compositions.

  • Vice: an immoral or evil habit or practice. Synonyms: fault, failing, foible, weakness. Antonyms: virtue.

  • Folly: a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.; absurdity


Romantic comedy

ROMANTIC COMEDY

  • Romantic comedy films are movies with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals such as that true love is able to surmount most obstacles... One dictionary definition is "a funny movie, play, or television program about a love story that ends happily". Another definition states that its "primary distinguishing feature is a love plot in which two sympathetic and well-matched lovers are united or reconciled"


Comic timing

COMIC TIMING

  • Comic timing is the use of rhythm, tempo and pausing to enhance comedy and humor. The pacing of the delivery of a joke can have a strong impact on its comedic effect, even altering its meaning; the same can also be true of more physical comedy such as slapstick.

  • A beat is a pause taken for the purposes of comic timing, often to allow the audience time to recognize the joke and react, or to heighten the suspense before delivery of the expected punch line. Pauses, sometimes called "dramatic pauses" in this context, can be used to discern subtext or even unconscious content — that is, what the speaker is really thinking about.


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