Figurative Language

By: Caleb Ralston


  • Definition: A joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.
  • Example: I heard the fire at the circus was in-tents.


  • Definition: A figure of speech in which apparantly contradictory terms appear in conjunction.
  • Example: The plane came down tragically with a crash-landing.


  • Definition: The expression of one's meaningly using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
  • Example: The fire station caught on fire last night.


  • Definition: a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.
  • Example: What you see is what you get.


  • Definition: The repetition of the sound of a vowel or diphthong in non rhyming stressed syllables near enough to each other for the echo to be discernible
  • Example: The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plains.

The Thief (Short Story)

Did you hear?! there was a report of theft in Troy. In the news it said he had brown hair, blue eyes, freckles, and a set of gnarly, yellow teeth. He broke into the house of an old woman and tried to steal cash and valuables.(Cliche) But he didn't waste his time on trying to get credit cards because he had already spent enough of that the last time he robbed and got caught. (Pun) I heard they had a tape of him talking to the interrogators, but I- Oh! Here it is on the news! Shhh!

"Yeah, I was the thief, and I'll own up to it too. I'll tell you all about it also. So I left my apartment at eight, because I work in darkness. Now, I'm a giving thief, (Oxymoron) so I didn't want to rob anyone who had their whole life to live, so I robbed an older woman. And let me tell you, when I got to her house, it was a bad idea from the start. The feline fiasco at my feet (Assonance) was indescribable. I had no clue cats could be that loud either! She awoke and quickly I ran away. As I ran, I heard her through her open windows calling the police, and knew it was too late. The best I could do was wait at my apartment until they tracked me down."

"You'll never believe this next part. It was possibly worse than getting caught a few days later. I had been robbed!!!(Irony) All of my pictures, cash in my safe, Television set, computer, everything! Gone! I guess that's what I get for robbing a poor, innocent old woman. I'll never forget that day that I got caught and had to do a witness report for getting robbed AND a suspect analysis for robbing."