Litote

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litotes

Isn't litoes the same as meiosis? I seem to get confused abt dis

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:14
I'm too nice

I do this a lot because I dont like straight out insulting people, alas..

"She's wasn't as nimble on her feet as she could've been."

"Those pants aren't COMPLETELY cutting off his circulation.."

"Her cleavage might have been able to stay in her shirt a little better."

... and thats when the litote was born.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:00
A litote is not sarcasm

Your first one is perfect. But "Those pants aren't COMPLETELY cutting off his circulation" (when meaning that they are, in fact, too tight) is closer to a sarcastic remark than a litote. It would work if you said, "Those pants aren't as loose as they could be.

Though to be fair, the example "I can't get no satisfaction" isn't really a litote, either--at least, not based on the definition given: an "understated statement of an affirmative by using a negative description". The understanding, per the song, is that he was unsatisfied, not that he actually is satisfied.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:48
lol

lol

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 09:59
I don't want to say that I

I don't want to say that I hate this word.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:41
i know

who would ever want to use these unless they were for some report but we do anyway! :D

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:02
Actually...?

There are people who actually have a favorite literary device? Like... I barely understand how to find them... hence my visit to this site so I can do well on my AVREP project... (which is basically an essay we have to tear apart and attach to annotations, and furthermore we will will have to visually represent them.Oh how I love English....)

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 22:16
Fave

I love these man!)

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 17:55
Ermahgerd

Can you not make up your own litotes?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 17:04
Fave

Yep, I don't disagree.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 04:31
Fave

I think we can all agree to not disagree that this is not never the greatest reading device ever

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 07:32
My Second Favorite

I dont disagree with you, too!
:D

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 03:31
My favorite

I don't disagree with you.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 17:10
Double Negatives

I don't hate no double negatives. You see what i did there?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:55
Double Negatives

Logically, your statement is equivalent to "I do hate at least one double negative."

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/12/2014 - 15:24

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