Sunday, April 17, 2011

litotes

litotes [ˈlaɪtəˌtiz, laɪˈtoʊtiz] n.

1.) An understatement by which an affirmative is expressed by negation of its contrary, as in 'not a little' for 'very' or a weaker expression used to suggest a stronger one (Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases).

Etymology: Late Latin, from Greek litotes, form litos single, simple, meagre.

"— Vercotti: Doug (takes a drink) Well, I was terrified. Everyone was terrified of Doug. I've seen grown men pull their own heads off rather than see Doug. Even Dinsdale was frightened of Doug.
— 2nd Interviewer: What did he do?
— Vercotti: He used... sarcasm. He knew all the tricks, dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes and... satire. He was vicious.
— Presenter: By a combination of violence and sarcasm, the Piranha brothers by February 1966 controlled London and the Southeast of England. It was in February, though, that Dinsdale made a big mistake ("Piranha Brothers", Monty Python, 1970).

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Went out for my housemate's birthday last night to Shoreditch; saw no small amount of dirty hipsters with moustaches.

14 comments:

thenitefalls said...

Great word, I'll use it sometime :D

**Hype.Planet** said...

wow, nice blog you have here.
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C Mo Gunz said...

awsome post! will be using this in essays for sure!

Team Panda said...

"negation of its contrary" took me a few moments to get that. i get it though.

amBored said...

great well let's see if I will use it sometimes

JayPower said...

cant stand hipsters! ;D

Biff Tanner said...

Love this site thanks for word of the day.

Anna-Nelsey said...

Another great word :] thanks for all the posts.

Patti D. said...

nice word, poor hipsters, lol.

Oscar said...

Awesome word. Great blog, keep it up!

Endless said...

Another day, another useful word.

JayPower said...

Great word! will try and use it in conversation today ;D

StonedBlogo said...

are you working for encyclopedia britanica?

Solsby Kid said...

Great post man, loving the blog... Im following :)

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