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UNDERSTATEMENT

THIS MONTH’S EXPRESSION OF THE MONTH IS... UNDERSTATEMENT.

Look at the following exchange. How would you describe Boris’ comment?

Daisy: It’s boiling hot. It’s more than 40 degrees out there.

Boris: Yes, it is a bit warm.

Boris has used what is known as understatement. Understatement is used when a speaker wants to a make a situation seem less strong or important than it really is (often for comic effect). In this example, Boris is describing the weather as “warm”, when it would be more appropriate to use the term “really hot”.

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