Occasionally, people use hyperbole, metaphor, and exaggerations in their everyday speech. But every now and then, someone hears them use verbal figures of speech, and have a moment where they need to clarify that they are, in fact, figures of speech. This is usually because the person in question has an extraordinarily odd life, or has been in a particular business.
Usually accompanied by a Double Take
, a Beat
, and a Face Palm
- In Buffy, Buffy takes a test, and achieves very high scores.
Buffy: She saw these scores and her head spun around and exploded.
Giles: I've been on the Hellmouth too long. That was metaphorical, yes?
- In The Dresden Files, in one of the books, Harry encounters Molly while trying to see if anyone is home. They get into a conversation, and somehow the phrase "I got visited by the boob fairy" comes up. It takes poor Harry a few seconds to realize that, no, she is not talking about an actual fairy.