What are examples of overstatements?

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May 30, 2016

"The chess player demolished his opponent with a scorched-earth strategy!"


People engaged in mundane pursuits--particularly in the legal, academic and financial sectors--often entertain themselves by using sports and military metaphors for their routine transactions. They might describe a peer review in terms like "full court press" or "a merciless bloodbath." A budget reallocation could be described as "humiliation" and a legal counter-motion as an "all-out blitz." No, these are all guys in offices wearing suits and issuing memos. And they are all overstatements. Picture the announcer for a wrestling match or a truck rally saying them.