Language – Semantics

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Semantics – Meanings

Figurative language isn’t literal. Its split into different types: similes, metaphors, personification, metonymy and oxymoron’s. Some figurative expressions are used in everyday language because they are used so much, like ‘head of the table’. These are known as dead metaphors because they’re not seen as comparisons anymore, but expressions in their own rights. When a figurative expression is overused then it can lose its impact or novelty value.


  1. Jargon is specialist vocabulary associated with a particular occupation or activity.
  2. It tends to be more formal than everyday language, because it refers to specific, technical things. This means it can be difficult for non-specialists to understand.
  3. Existing words can take on a new meaning due to jargon within a certain environment.

Rhetorical Language

Rhetorical language is used to persuade. There are a few rhetorical devices:

Device Explanation
Three-part list This is where three elements are used in a list to give emphasis and build to a climax.
Repetition When a word or phrase is repeated for emphasis.
Hyperbole When exaggeration is used for effect. The media use hyperbole to make stories seem more important, interesting or entertaining.
Rhetorical questions A rhetorical question doesn’t require an answer, because it’s phrased in a way that assumes the answer is obvious.


Meaning depends on context. Words can have different meanings, so readers have to rely on context to understand which meaning applies. Writers sometimes take advantage of double meanings to suggest different ideas and make their work more layered.

And there you have it, all short and sweet. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this, please like it and leave a comment on anything you think relates, have a brilliant day!

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