Humor Literary Terms

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irony
a special kind of contrast between appearance and reality
verbal irony
someone knowingly exaggerates or says one thing and means another
situational irony
the contrast with what the reader or character expects and what actually exists or happens
dramatic irony
where the reader or viewer knows what the character doesn't know
understatement
a technique of creating emphasis by saying less than is actually or literally true
satire
a literary technique in which ideas or customs are ridiculed for the purpose of improving society
alliteration
the repetition of constant sounds at the beginning of words
hyperbole
the figure of speech in which the truth is exaggerated for emphasis or for humorous effect
exaggeration
to stretch the truth
interence
to find out by the processing of reasoning
anecdote
short true story that is funny
pun
a humorous play of words
connative
refers to the attitudes and feelings of a word
denotative
literal or dictionary meaning
assonance
repetition of vowel sounds
consonance
repetition of consonant sounds at the end or beginning of the word
tall tale
an American form of story telling featuring outlandish characters and events, often with a comic effect. It aims to fool or impress the listeners or readers
local color
writing begins region alive by portraying its dress, mannerism, customs, character types, and speech
dialect
form of language spoken one geographic area or by a particular group