Q: How long since the semester ended?
A: Depends on the meaning of 'over.' It's been thirteen days since I finished my grades. But little summer projects, work-related, are lining up one two three four five with no end in sight.
Q: Have you learned to say NO yet?
A: No. Not really.
Q: What flowers have you planted?
A: A heliotrope and three miniature roses.
Q: Is that enough flowers?
A: It is the opposite of enough flowers. It is a scarcity of flowers. It is one trillionth of the flowers I need to plant.
Q: But don't you already have flowers blooming in your yard?
A: Sure. I guess.
Q: So...isn't 'one trillionth' an exaggeration, really?
A: No, it is 'a hyperbole.'
Q: What's the difference? Doesn't 'hyperbole' mean 'exaggeration'?
A: 'Hyperbole' means 'exaggeration for rhetorical effect.' For rhetorical effect.
Q: Seems like splitting hairs.
A: Yes, but for rhetorical effect. So, totally justified.