Category: Figures of Speech

  • Idiom Examples That Break the Grammar Mold

    Idiom Examples That Break the Grammar Mold

    Editors and clients sometimes quail at the sight of idiomatic phrases. If someone asks you to cool it with the old saws, you’ll probably want to listen up. Idiom examples can throw readers for a loop if they aren’t familiar with the sayings you’re using. Going nuts with figurative speech can also have a variety…

  • Consonance Creates Atmosphere in Your Writing

    Consonance Creates Atmosphere in Your Writing

    We learn about consonants and vowels in elementary school, but what is a consonant in the context of writing? And how do consonants create consonance, which affects the overall style and mood of your text? What types of writing benefit from a careful selection of consonants? If you have ever been in a choir or…

  • Henchmen With Terrible Aim: A Guide to Understanding Tropes

    Henchmen With Terrible Aim: A Guide to Understanding Tropes

    Mistaken identity is one of the most common tropes in all of storytelling. From “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” to “The Big Lebowski,” writing is filled with instances of one person being mistaken for another and hijinks ensuing. If you’re worried about being mistaken for somebody who knows what a trope is when, in actuality,…

  • 100 Common English Idioms with Examples and Meanings

    100 Common English Idioms with Examples and Meanings

    Whether you write for a living, are a small business owner who needs content writing help, or just want to know more about idioms, you’ve come to the right place. Idioms can help improve all kinds of content writing, as you’ll find out below! What Is an Idiom? An idiom is a group of words…

  • Add a Literary Advantage With Assonance

    Add a Literary Advantage With Assonance

    Try as I might, I cannot always light the fire to inspire my productivity, despite my desire to do so. While managing tasks at hand, distractions often command my attention, damaging my aspirations by amassing catastrophe and calamity. OK, maybe that’s a tad dramatic, but I was trying to create a rhythm to get you…

  • Common Clichés To Avoid in Writing

    Common Clichés To Avoid in Writing

    I began cutting common clichés from my writing after spending several years teaching English to refugees. A cliché that’s understood in one part of the world may cause confusion in another. Clichés are so overused that people can rattle them off without thinking, and some may even be offensive. Let’s look at several common clichés…

  • What Is a Rhetorical Question?

    What Is a Rhetorical Question?

    Wouldn’t it be great to understand why someone asks a rhetorical question? How many times a day do you ask questions that don’t have an answer? Don’t we all do this in everyday speech? Who knew? Is the sky blue? You may have noticed I was not waiting for a response to any of the…

  • Simile Definition 101: Bold as Brass and Sweeter Than Sugar

    Simile Definition 101: Bold as Brass and Sweeter Than Sugar

    I grew up in Bloomington, Illinois, the home of State Farm Insurance. Living in the shadow of its worldwide headquarters made two impacts upon my life. First, my sisters and I were oddities because neither of our parents worked for State Farm. Second, I’ve had the State Farm jingle stuck in my head for roughly…

  • Cliche Definition: It Is What It Is

    Cliche Definition: It Is What It Is

    I’ve spent most of my life in the Midwest; however, for a few humid years, I lived in Florida: the land of sun, surf and horrible souvenir shop T-shirts. You know the kind I’m talking about. Picture a polycotton cliche definition that you can wear; maybe a little tie-dyed number that reads “It Is What…