"What's a "hyper-bowl" , she asked.
Not too many people like fielding a question like that first thing in the morning- especially from a rabbit - but I was feeling charitable.
"I think you mean " hy-PER-bo-lee ", I corrected , reaching for my coffee mug.
"A hyperbole is "an extravagent exaggeration" , according to the dictionary. For example, an advertiser might talk about a "mile-high ice cream cone" .
"I don't get it !", Ms Rabbit cried. " If you had a mile-high ice cream cone,why would you have to advertise it ?"
Oh,boy ! I took a few sips of coffee and thought about how to answer. Rabbits can be so literal sometimes. Say the word "stew" in any context, and they're off like a flash !
"Here's the thing," I answered tentatively. " If you wanted to advertise your ice cream cones by claiming they were better than somebody else's,it would be pretty hard to prove , right ?"
She twitched her nose to suggest I get on with it, so I continued.
"What you do instead is exaggerate. You call it a "mile-high" cone , because most people will understand it's not really a mile high, but it might have more ice cream in it than other merchants offer."
Ms Rabbit made a snorting sound. " In other words,you lie ?"
"Well...the courts call it "puffing up the wares"
"Humph ! Sounds like lying to me ! Come to think about it, it sounds like something your politicians do..."
That didn't seem to require an answer, so I finished my coffee, and got up to go.
Halfway to the house, a thought struck me, and I turned back.
"You mentioned politicians. Well, there's a new word (I just invented) that describes what a lot of them use: <b>VIPER-bole</b>- the use of vicious exaggerations in an effort to make us stew so much we'll .......vote for them," I trailed off.
I swear, my jaw must have dropped a foot as that rabbit took off at jet speed !
Rabbits really hate the word "stew" !