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1 Idioms are words or phrases that people say based upon where those people are from. The meanings might not exactly fit the definition of the words in them. The words or “sayings” might also sound weird to outsiders.



4  IDIOMS FOR IDIOTS 'You can't cry over spilled milk! ' my mother always said. 'Life's not a piece of cake! ' she hammered in my head. 'That's the way it goes, ' that's the way the cookie crumbles' My mother saved her idioms for all my idiotic troubles. John Randal

5  What is a paradox?  a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.  What does it mean if something is contradictory?

6  Teases the mind and tests the limits of language. You think it can’t be true, but after some consideration, you realize that the statement could be true.  Example: “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2Corinthians. How can being weak make you stronger?

7  "I must be cruel to be kind.” This was taken from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Can you think of a way that being cruel can also be kind? Here’s the context from the play.

8  Hamlet’s father was murdered by his own brother ( Hamlet’s uncle).  After the murder, Hamlet’s uncle decides to marry Hamlet’s mother. YUCK!!!!  Hamlet’s mother has no idea that her husband was murdered by his own brother.  Hamlet knows that in order to save his mother, he must kill his uncle.  He must be cruel to be kind.

9  The undying hero  In order to become an undying hero of legend, you had to die.  It seems like a contradictory statement, but it actually makes sense

10 This is not necessarily a paradox, but it does get you thinking about how there is truth to some contradictory statements.

11 Fire and Ice  Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I've tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To know that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.

12  Nature's first green is gold Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.  Can you find the paradox in this poem?

13  I dwell in a lonely house I know That vanished many a summer ago, And left no trace but the cellar walls, And a cellar in which the daylight falls, And the purple-stemmed wild raspberries grow….

14  Examples:  Nothing Gold Can Stay: green is gold  Ghost House: I dwell in a house that vanished.  Fire and Ice:"But if it had to perish twice"

15  What is satire?  A text or performance that uses irony, ridicule or wit to expose or attack human vice (evil), foolishness, or stupidity.irony  Verb: satirize. Adjective: satiric or satirical.

16  Exaggeration  Incongruity  Reversal  Parody

17  To enlarge, increase, or represent something beyond normal bounds so that it becomes ridiculous and its faults can be seen

18  To present things that are out of place or are absurd in relation to its surroundings

19  To present the opposite of the normal order

20  To imitate the techniques and/or style of some person, place, or thing

21  A parody is a type of satire.  Example: Scary Movie is a parody of a collection of horror movies

22  Remember, a parody is a type of satire. Here’s another example: Meet the Spartans is a parody of the film 300. It also pokes fun at some of the other movies and events from the year.

23 Austin Powers is a parody of all the James Bond films.









32  Satire does not always have to be funny  Sometimes Satire is serious. Remember, it uses irony, ridicule or wit.  What are some famous literary examples of satire?  Alexander Pope-“The Rape of the Lock”  Jonathan Swift- Gulliver’s Travels  Jonathan Swift- “A Modest Proposal”

33 1. What do you think Mark Twain is making fun of ? 2. Why do you think he chose to be satirical? 3. What is ironic about his advice to youth?

34  A play on words based on the similarity of sound between the two words with different meanings.

35  A vulture boards a plane, carrying two dead possums. The attendant looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger."  carry-on: the extra piece of luggage you take on a plane.  carrion: refers to the carcass of a dead animal

36  "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." What is the pun here? A Fruit fly is a little bug that enjoys eating bananas.

37  A boy answers the phone. The caller asks, "Where are your parents?" "They ain't here!" "Come on, son. Where's your grammar?" "My gramma ain't here neither. She's gone to church!"

38  My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned because I couldn't concentrate.

39  A piece of string walked into a bar and said "Gimme a drink!" but the bartender said "Get outta here! We don't serve your kind here!" So the string left, but he was thirsty, and he really wanted a drink, so he messed up his hair real badly and looped himself around until he had tied himself into a knot. When the string went back into the bar, the bartender looked at him suspiciously and said "Aren't you that worthless piece of string I just threw outta here?" No, the string replied, "I'm a frayed knot!"

40  I used to be a shoe salesman, till they gave me the boot  Did you hear about the butcher who backed into his meat grinder & got a little behind in his work?  Which president was least guilty? Lincoln. He is in a cent. There were two ships. One had red paint, one had blue paint. They collided. At last report, the survivors were marooned.





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