What is an acronym for litotes?

1 Answer
Feb 19, 2018

Litotes are ironic understatements where an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary.


Common examples of litotes include:

  • Not bad at all.
  • You won't be sorry!
  • It is not uncommon.

Unfortunately for your question, there is no acronym for litotes. However, if you are looking for a handy way to remember what litotes are, look no further!

Think of litotes as "light quotes" , because they are small little sayings we use in our everyday life.

I remember litotes by thinking of them as "lie totes". I like to imagine that I am carrying a little "lie tote", waiting to use a couple of litotes if I wish.

Either of these mnemonics can work for you. Good luck!