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Reading news articles, blogs, and even discussions on Nexus, I've grown weary of hyperbolic excess.
After so much use, hyperbole becomes meaningless. Somewhere, "Huge" and "Hugely" became words for "fairly much, but I want to sound really impressive". Shocking! It's incredibly shameless to say that! I'm disgusted by your baseless assumptions!?!?!
As a rhetorical tool, I don't think hyperbole has much effect, except to inspire others to counter with hyperbole. Even so, I think that when you wrestle a hog, you just wind up covered with mud and hogshit, and it makes the hog happier. That's a shameless bastardization of the original expression! Crude and inacceptible! George Bernard shaw would roll over in his grave!!!!!!!!
Excessive use extreme robs extreme words of their meaning. Any more, when someone goes on a big attack and I wonder, "what deserved that level of shock and awe?" When the drama level is too high, I stop accepting the credibility of the dramatist. I decide that a conversation isn't worth having.
When everyone else is shouting, maybe the most effective approach is a whisper.
That's why I think hyperbole is nonsense. It does not result in exchange of ideas, isn't convincing, is drama for drama's sake, and detracts from the real discussions. That includes discussions on Nexus.
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.