Monday, December 7, 2009

Super Superlatives

Thanks to this PROW 100 course, I have recently discovered an interest in one particular grammatical tool, the superlative, though as Lauren mentioned in her post, they can be intimidating to learn at first. Superlatives can be used in a variety of ways, but most notably they are used to express excess in a sentence. Words like "most," "happiest," "fastest," etc. are all very good examples of superlatives. This makes sense, as the definition of the word superlative is "of the highest kind, quality, or order" (in the case of this sentence, the word "highest" is the superlative).
Perhaps it is society's desire for things to be bigger and more extravagant (or in the superlative sense, most extravagant) that causes me to find the words that exemplify the extremeties of the subjects that are being written about to be so interesting.

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