When we talk about synecdoche, we talk about a figure of speech in which one only uses a part of an expression but mean the whole expression.  It is a shortening which is understood because it is [...]


Personification is something we all do.  It means to attribute some human qualities to something which is not human, whether is is a living creature such as your pet puppy or an inanimate object [...]


Onomatopoeia is “the formation of a word that defines the natural sound of the object or actions, the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as [...]


Imagery is when language forces someone to create a mental picture of something.  It is all about painting a picture with words. For example: “A wine shop was open and I went in for some coffee. [...]


Idioms are a combination of words that have a figurative meaning owing to its common usage. An idiom’s figurative meaning is separate from the literal meaning. There are thousands of idioms [...]


A metaphor compares one thing to another but it does not use the words, and it does not use like or as to compare, as a simile would. A metaphor is a little like written magic.  The word metaphor [...]

Fun with puns

What makes English hard to learn for non-native speakers of English is that the language is full of double meanings. The pun is about wordplay that exploits those double meanings. Wikipedia [...]