arrowthroughme and nicki (arrowthroughme) wrote in linguaphiles,
arrowthroughme and nicki

hype and hyperbole

I teach English as a second language at a German grammar school. At the moment I have to mark texts some students wrote. I don't teach these students myself. Their teacher has been correcting the texts before she gave them to me so that I could add my corrections.

I'm not sure I'm making myself very clear here.

Anyway, it's difficult to correct only the kids and not my colleague, but there's one problem which comes up again and again:

Can you use the word hype as a short form of hyperbole?

It's very clear that the kids want to say 'hyperbole', but that someone has taught them to use 'hype' instead. I know the word 'hype' and I know that originally it was a short form of 'hyperbole', but I think that by now it means something else and you can't say, 'The author uses hype to illustrate his point.'

What do you think?

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