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Sunday 26 July 2020

Sunday Rest: over-exaggerate. Word Not To Use Today.

I came across the word over-exaggerate the other day.

And, I mean, how do you do that, then?

Sunday Rest: over-exaggerate. This word has been around since about 1900 and has been used by some quite respectable people. 

I have to admit that an actor might need to exaggerate his facial expressions in a large auditorium, but need to avoid over-exaggerating them.

But on the whole I still think this word should have been strangled at birth.

The Latin word agger means heap. Exaggerāre means to magnify.

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