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Sam, those were pretty failful examples. And, yes, I realize 'failful' is not a word. You used:

"The sweltering heat of the summer had to be at least a 110 degrees.
"The sweltering heat of the summer had to be a billion degrees or more!"

Both of these are exaggerations. Not over or under.

Wiktionary even says: "over- +? exaggerate, perhaps from confusion between exaggerate (already implying excess) and terms like overstate."

So, no, it's not a word in and of itself. But any prefix like this can, in theory, be applied to a verb, and how common its usage is, unfortunately, does make a word, however nonsensical. Also, the person who posted the supposed definition for said word used the urban dictionary definition, which is rather telling.

Hannah said: "When people say something is ‘over exaggerated’ they mean it’s a hyperbole, and that it is obvious that someone stretched the truth.(At least that is what I think…)"

The problem with this reasoning is that 'exaggerated' works just as well. To stretch the truth is to exaggerate it. To overstate it.

The say that it would make sense for one to use 'over' or 'under' is to say that 'exaggerate' implies a neutral action in this manner, which it does not. The opposite of exaggerate is probably 'understate'. It's not equitable with more neutral verbs like 'do', where you can 'overdo' things.

At the very least, people who use the word have probably not thought it through. And probably should be sent to Auschwitz.

adam November 27, 2010, 1:04am

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