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litotes

Postby KatyBr » Sat Jul 30, 2005 6:48 pm

litotes - understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary); "saying `I was not a little upset' when you mean `I was very upset' is an example of litotes"
meiosis
understatement - a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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litotes
noun

1. rhetoric.
Understatement used for effect, especially by negating the opposite, as in not a little angry meaning furious. Also called meiosis. Compare hyperbole.
Etymology: 17c: Greek, meaning ‘small'.



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Postby Brazilian dude » Sat Jul 30, 2005 7:10 pm

This is one of the most commonly mispronounced words. It's actually LIE-tuh-teez.

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Postby Garzo » Sat Jul 30, 2005 7:54 pm

I once taught Spanish students English. Teaching litotes was one of the hardest jobs (beside bowels!). I remember paedagogically castigating a student with "We do not say 'What a beautiful day' in English: we say 'What a nice day'"!

How do you like them light oats?

-- Garzo.
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Postby tcward » Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:05 pm

Of course the first phrase to come to my mind was Curly's famous opening solo from Oklahoma:

Oh, what a beautiful mornin'!
Oh, what a beautiful day!
I've got a beautiful feelin'
everything's goin' my way.


Or at least that's what I remember from it...

Garzo, were you serious? Would you really not say "what a beautiful day" in England?

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Postby KatyBr » Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:16 pm

Garzo wrote:I once taught Spanish students English. Teaching litotes was one of the hardest jobs (beside bowels!). I remember paedagogically castigating a student with "We do not say 'What a beautiful day' in English: we say 'What a nice day'"!

How do you like them light oats?

-- Garzo.


oh my yes, we musn't be too effusive, British reserve and all that.

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Postby Stargzer » Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:36 am

It's a Beautiful Morning by the [now not so] Young Rascals.

And for Tim, I can remember these lines from an old Mad Magazine parody:

"There's a bright golden glaze on the egg roll,
There's a bright golden glaze on the egg roll.
The hot egg foo young really tickles the tongue . . . "


"And alas, this is all that I can remember.
Oh, what a glorious . . . " :(
Regards//Larry

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Postby KatyBr » Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:40 am

Garzo wrote:I once taught Spanish students English. Teaching litotes was one of the hardest jobs (beside bowels!).
-- Garzo.

I;m interested in why and how he taught about bowels.

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Postby Stargzer » Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:47 am

KatyBr wrote:
Garzo wrote:I once taught Spanish students English. Teaching litotes was one of the hardest jobs (beside bowels!).
-- Garzo.

I;m interested in why and how he taught about bowels.

kt


Obviously it was a very moving lecture . . .
Regards//Larry



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Postby tcward » Sun Jul 31, 2005 4:20 pm

Stargzer wrote:
KatyBr wrote:
Garzo wrote:I once taught Spanish students English. Teaching litotes was one of the hardest jobs (beside bowels!).
-- Garzo.

I;m interested in why and how he taught about bowels.

kt


Obviously it was a very moving lecture . . .


I say we flush out the answers. We must get to the bottom of this!

-Tim :P

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Postby KatyBr » Sun Jul 31, 2005 4:45 pm

As always, Tim you have a wonderful grasp of light oats, and get right to the heart of the matter.

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Re: litotes

Postby M. Henri Day » Fri Sep 16, 2005 2:26 pm

KatyBr wrote:...

litotes
noun

1. rhetoric.
Understatement used for effect, especially by negating the opposite, as in not a little angry meaning furious. Also called meiosis. ...


...


And I thought biology was tough enough, what with, shades of John Scopes, certain old controversies having newly become topical («deja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra said), but this takes the cake ! Or am I being hyperbolic, rather than meiotic ?...

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