To say Joe is excited is an under exaggeration

On the Discovery Channel’s Yukon Men, Stan describes the excitement of son, Joey, about goose hunting: “To say Joe is excited is an under-exaggeration.”  This is a nice word blend malaphor of “understatement”, “overstatement’, and “over exaggeration”.  The latter is frowned on by some linguists as being redundant, but my research indicates it is a legitimate idiom, meaning wildly or excessively exaggerating.  The recent kerfuffle on the audience numbers at the recent US inauguration is perhaps a good example.  A big thanks to Nate Brogin for hearing this one and sending it in!



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