Dictionary.com defines Hyperbole as:
- obvious and intentional exaggeration;
- an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally
Last night, I went to the local store (think large, massive, discounted, and from Arkansas) to get a few things for my lovely wife. She wanted me to get one of those hard covered ice pack things to put into a lunch bag. I figured it would be in all of the kitchen stuff. After wondering around, dressed like a person of the store, I could not find one anywhere. I texted my wife stating, "I'm going to burn this place down!" She told me to ask someone, but the only people I could find were stock people pushing large amounts of discounted goods down the aisles. Finally I found a lady, she looked at me like I was an idiot (maybe because of how I was dressed), and she told me that the ice packs were in Sporting Goods. Duh!...?
So, as you can see, I was not literally going to be an arsonist, but was using one of our favorite hyperbolic phrases.
What hyperbolic phrases do you use ALL of the time?