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English Language & Linguistics
Michael Winner writes a regular restaurant review for the Sunday Times. Entitled “Winner’s Dinners” he is famous for being critical about the poor standard of service and low quality of food and its presentation.
The following extracts from a review of 12.12.2004 are examples of critical hyperbole and bear examination for their use of similes, similes and adjectival phrases.
“The banisters were painted in white gloss
and ingrained with dirt. The walls were tired. There was a hook where
a picture once hung, with horrid marks where the picture had been. There
was an odd smell.
“The Crabwall bread was warm but tasted like it was old and heated up. After one small mouthful I left it.”
“ A freebie was announced as ‘chicken
and tarragon rillete’ It had no discernible taste and a woolly texture.
“The [dessert] plate was decorated like a touring version of Waitrose Food Illustrated. It tasted as if it came from a newsagent’s fridge.”
“[Adrian] provided me with the worst food I’ve had in decades.”
Give examples of the most probable exaggerations from this piece.
Identify and explain the effect of his
In your view, is this example of hyperbole effective in describing a dreadful meal or does the author lose your sympathy because he exaggerates?
Does humour help to gain your sympathy?