I thought thereÂ were only five,Â 'figure skating'Â beingÂ one of them.Â But basically, and which is what all I learned in school, there are about forty-six of them.
Okay, if you want toÂ really go scholarly,Â figures of speechÂ can be classified into two broad dichotomies --Â speech and thought, or stropes andÂ schemes.Â
One book says there are about 240Â figures of speech which of course enlists parenthesisÂ or, 'interpretatio' asÂ a class in theÂ Figures of Definition and that's under schemes.Â Â Â
ButÂ let meÂ tell you, we will not get anywhereÂ with academic facts and figures much less a dichotomy of the system of nomenclature.
Now I say, of allÂ figures of speech known to the educated thinking man,Â hyperbole is the probably the only one that sounds most compatible withÂ hysterical realism, or, that literary offshootÂ of magical realism, which in psychology is known as retrospective falsification; known as Gianni Versace in haute couture; Liberace in music and, Imelda Marcos in thirdworld politics.
I therefore declare hyperbole as the officialÂ figure of speechÂ for hysterical realism or, hysterialism, theÂ art of embellishing a story by distorting, exaggerating, convoluting, conflating the details while dropping unfavorable ones to fit a desired outcome -- to make thisÂ 'enhanced' versionÂ become a memory and record of a remarkable tale.
So, if others see and report an apple as just an apple, I will say of it as a cherry with an overblown ego for a lot of reasons,Â oneÂ being the ultimate symbol for temptation.Â
Got your own hysterialism?
Why don't you jump in while I go search for hysterically realistic articles on Gather or at least those that bear traces or, sembleance hysterialism?