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Aphorism

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One cannot assume that an aphorism is statement promoting a tall tale with extraordinary events. Rather, it is a witty truthful statement that can be used in or out of context. Its extensive historic background explains how past writers have used aphorisms. Today, its purpose is used so boundlessly in many of areas such as the entertainment industry and politics. As aphorisms carry whimsy truths, it is only limited to carry out truthful insights. It must catch the audience with awe and express despair as being funny.

Aphorisms have two definitions from the American Heritage College Dictionary. First, it defines aphorism as “a terse statement of a truth or opinion; an adage. Second, “a brief statement of a principle” (Aphorism). However, other references, author’s, historians would refer an aphorism as a maxim, but most have concluded that maxims would be used more as a synonym (J. ). The word aphorism is a noun that is pronounced a-fə-ri-zəm. In the past, the word aphorism was changed several times from three different languages. The first language was from the French and old French word of aphorisme. Next, the Late Latin word of aphorismus previously derived from the Greek word aphorismos a synonym to the word aphorizein; defined as: to delimit, define (Mifflin). This statement, with a complex definition, is a component to the writing world. It promotes an active voice, stating truths, facts, with some surprising twist, all in one brief statement. Famous writers have used the aphoristic technique to capture the attention of an audience.

Aphorisms have had a very long history. In brief, the origin started as early as the Greek era. Although, the word aphorism was never used in context in the early years, ea...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that hippocrates and shakespeare's use of aphorisms has become the capturing hook for the literature world.
  • Analyzes the use of aphorisms in the entertainment industry and the political world.
  • Analyzes gale opposing viewpoints in context's "inaugural address of john f. kennedy: friday, january 20, 1961."
  • Analyzes paradox, n. and adj., oed online, november 2010. oxford university press.
  • Explains that wolf, manfred, "the aphorism." etc: a review of general semantics 51.4 (1994): 432-439.
  • Explains that aphorisms are witty truthful statements that can be used in or out of context. they have two definitions from the american heritage college dictionary.
  • Explains that aphorisms can be sarcastic, witty, or pithy, and that many people don't know that they are sayings or proverbs.
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