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Literary Terms Explained

Updated on June 7, 2013

Literary terminology can be extremely confusing and overwhelming to comprehend. From time to time, even I struggle with some of the terms. I feel that it is my duty to help make some of these terms easier to understand. I will go in alphabetical order; just please take your time and if you are still struggling, please let me know.

accent

alliteration

Avant- guard!

Accent – (c’s make an ‘s’ sound)

  1. A smell, generally enjoyable in nature and often found there as well… trust me.
  2. Also known as a penny… if you save 100 of them you will have a dollar.

Adverb – (Please note; the v is silent; its sole purpose is to make the word pretty.)

- Instructions often found in cooking, in an effort to improve taste and flavor.

Alliteration – A community of people who share common territory and often throw fast food wrappers out of car windows. This particular kin’ ation is frowned upon.

Analects – Who Ann chooses to vote for.

Anastrophe – Award given to one with either a particularly fancy fanny or one who acts like a fool.

Anticlimax – Symptom leading to the request of Viagra.

Arcadia – Utopian society; primarily for children, often involving quarters or tokens.

Assonance – Antonym for intelligence.

Avant-garde – What a fencing referee says at the start of a match, commonly heard in France.

Ballad - a device used to cast votes in an election. Yes, Ann uses this (Please see above; Analects)

Bard – The way Bambi pronounces ‘bird’ with Thumper’s help. (Please refer to clip below)

baroque

dimeter

Baroque – When one has absolutely no money or is penniless. This person does not have accent (please see above)

Canticum- What the doctor asks the wife of the patient seeking medical attention, prior to his anticlimactic diagnosis.

Canto – Often a response to ‘cannot’ often in a derogatory tone; sometimes followed by the prefix ‘yesi’ or ‘imostcertainly’.

Climax – The intended results after diagnosis and treatment of anticlimactic disorder (Please see above)

Consonance – All letters that are not classified as vowels.

Copyright – Inquiry preceding ‘pasteright?’ Other alternantive would be ‘cutright?’

Dialogue- Sometimes done in craft projects.

Dimeter – One who eats ten-cent coins.

Essay – Another word for homeboy, usually preceded by ‘yo’, particularly popular in the taco-eating regions.

Ethos – Inquiry, usually made by one who is hungry in regards to uneaten food, to another. Usually preceded by ‘You gonna’


farce




Farce – A measure of great distance. Example: There were pumpkins as ‘farce’ the eye could see!

To be continued...

I'm going to stop there for now; I don't want anyone to hurt themselves as that would be counterproductive.

You're welcome.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up and funny. I hope you'll do a sequel, if you haven't already.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      W1totalk,

      Oh, please accept my apologies... somehow my page zoomed right over you. I really appreciate the visit and the compliment! After I've had an hour or two's sleep, I will most definitely be your way! Thanks again!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh Ed, you're a doll! I'm sure you say that to all the ladies... actually, I know you do, I've seen you... ha ha ha! I'm just teasing! I don't care who you say it to, just don't stop saying it to me :D

      Yes, I owe another funny... it'll have to be my next hub. You never know when inspiration will strike! :D But you've inspired me now!

      Hugs deary... and you're quite special yourself ;-)

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Cat , you are one of the funniest , prettiest , compassionate , cutest, curvaceous, contemplative , sexy characters on hubs !....your so cute ! Write us a another funny one , yur killin us !..........Ed

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Accent. Climax. Anticlimax. Ethos. Arcadia. Farce. lol Good hub.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      AliciaC,

      Thank you so much! I try to escape to the funnier side of life as often as I can, but I always cross my fingers and squint my eyes when I get a notification for this page! lol... Thanks again... I'll have to get to the next installment soon :D

      Have a wonderful evening!

      Cat

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very funny, creative and enjoyable! Thank you for the entertainment. I'm looking forward to the next hub in the series.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Hi G!!!

      Ha ha!!! Trust me, I know what you mean; sometimes I don't even attempt to stop the meltdown, well, back when mine were little... because it often led to them passing out! lol... 'Go ahead honey, that's right, let it allllll out!' lol

      Thank you!!!

      Cat

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      vandynegl 4 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi Cat!

      Oh, I am cracking up! I really like the "climax" one (no, my mind is not really in the gutter today), but I can't help but think of that word to describe my child's various levels of his meltdowns......when he reaches his "climax," we know that the cooldown is soon to follow....phew!

      Enjoyed reading!

      G~

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Brother!!! :D

      There's actually another Bambi clip the ends in much of the same way, but instead of BIRD... he squeals a different B-word... I almost used it on accident! :D

      Remember how we used to imitate that scene? I even referenced that/you above!

      Thanks for stopping by... how's the next hub coming?

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      Derek 4 years ago from Harper's Ferry

      Nice start! I gotta watch the Bambi clip when I get home...thanks for giving me a heads up so I don't blare it here at work :)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      dreamseeker2,

      Ha ha... thank you; there are some perks to being nutty! :D

      Thank you so much for stopping and the votes!

      Cat

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Great play on words. I love the Bambi clip too. : ) Made me smile over my morning coffee. lol! Oh...of course I voted it up and funny.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Lol!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Theater girl,

      Ha ha... you're so funny! Whenever I see you; I think of tacos :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Lurana,

      I can try... but usually am unable to control myself :D

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Okay....read it again and still laughing.....

      Essay is my favorite !

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      WAY too funny. It's gotta stop. :-D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Lurana,

      Too funny, as in I should cut down some on the funny? :D Just kidding! You're the best... and I'm past due for visit your way... I'm coming! ;-)

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      You are too funny! Lots of smart and original ideas. :-) Lurana

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      You snuck in there on me! ha ha 'Clear as mud' would that be an oxymoron? lol

      Ah... that makes sense and sounds much better! Thanks Au fait!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Au fait,

      Ick, that stinks! Sometimes I imagine I slap a pin up where it would otherwise fit better, not to mention... some of my boards could use new titles and I could certainly afford to be more organized. Well, I hope they figure it out.

      I will check out that Wrylilt hub and I know exactly what you mean. I don't know of half the websites out there that are like these and I figured I had no business trying, honestly... it seems like a relatively simple concept and I haven't been scared away yet, but I would like a better understanding. I appreciate the tip. 31 boards? Wow... I really need to stop dragging my feet! :D

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Let me try this again because I realize it's clear as mud. You can't rearrange your the order your boards are in. You can edit you boards and change their titles and you can move your pins from one board to another through editing the pins themselves. You can't change the order your pins are in on the boards. There. That's better.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      You can't rearrange your boards themselves or the things that are on them other than to change the "cover" photo on each board. They say they're working on making that possible, but for now it isn't.

      I have 31 different boards and expect to have more. Wrylilt wrote a really good hub on Pinterest, how it works, etc. You might like to check it out when you get a chance. It's really not all that difficult. I spent a lot of time on in Saturday and now pretty much understand it. Took me ages to sign up though because I dreaded learning another new and seemingly complicated thing. Now I wonder why I dragged my feet.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Au fait,

      'Difficult to contain the sarcasm'? Trust me when I tell you I know what you mean :-)

      Ah, no worries... I didn't know anything of Pinterest until I came to HubPages and most of my pinning activities is done without ever leaving these pages. I'd actually like to get over to my page and rearrange and edit some things as some boards were kind of slapped together in a hurry in an attempt to get up some pins I had liked.

      Oh my gosh, you made me laugh!!! It concerns me though; now I wonder how many pins I have lost somewhere out there? I'd like to spend some time over on your Pinterest page as I'm sure I'd be walking away with a basketful... of course, I've not even come close to reading all the hubs of yours that I have intentions of, but sometimes I think I struggle with ADD... look a bird!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      It is difficult at times to contain the sarcasm as certain traits seem to bring it out.

      I was just looking over my Pinterest boards and noted that this hub was not on the board I specified that I would pin it to -- the "Interesting and Fun Subjects," board. In fact it wasn't anywhere!

      Thought in my frenzy to try and catch up some of my comments I might have pinned it to "Science," or "How the Government Works," or something, but no, it was nowhere. So I've come back and this time I'm sure it's there. I held it down and sat on it until it, well, until it did what it was supposed to . . . ;)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Dearest Colin,

      It is thanks to you that I even know what ‘A Clockwork Orange’ is! You’ve led me to the musical side anyway… but I shall have to read the book and or watch the movie. How awesome is that… sounds like it’s right up my alley. :D

      You… almost speechless? Furball? lol; I’m honored!

      If only the world saw through your eyes!!! You are so very gracious!!!

      As soon as my brain cools down, there will be a part II :D

      Thank you COLIN!!! Big hugs to you and your kitty cat gang!!!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Au fait,

      Ha ha ha... is that a little sarcastic humor right there? I am on my way :D

      Hey, dry and sarcastic requires a lot more talent than slapstick and I happen to like that kind more :-)

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well I remember one of my favorite books and movies written by Anthony Burgess and then adapted for the screen by Stanley Kubrick -

      A Clockwork Orange and in the book the author invented an entirely new language and he had a glossary so you could figure out what some of the key words meant.

      Here my dear Cat you have done the unthinkable and the impossible you bloodly well almost left the Epi-man speechless with awe and admiration for your very own invented language.

      Certainly you are a literary force to be reckoned with - you have such a natural writing talent that it's fookin' scary, lol.

      And that beautiful witty mind of yours makes you the hub's very own female Woody Allen or female Larry David.

      What more can I say? You are a thinking woman's humorist too - cerebral and charming - daring and provocative.

      Oh how I love this hub and waiting for part II.

      lake erie time 4:55pm

      and 3 big Canadian hugs from Colin and his cat gang

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      You can find me on Pinterest by going to my profile page and clicking on the Pinterest button in the upper right corner of that page that says, "You can also follow me on . . ."

      My humor tends to be on the dry and sarcastic side, so I generally keep it to myself.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Au fait,

      Actually, I think you’re quite funny… most people are probably just too intimated by your intelligence to tell you! Thank you so much for your compliment… if you ever want to know what a nut job, giggling and drooling in front of the computer screen looks like; let me know and I’ll send you a picture :-) That’s how flattered I am! Now… I will have to find you on Pinterest! I think I have at least a couple of your pins on my boards and I hardly know what I’m doing over there! :D

      Thank you so much; I love when you stop by!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Wayne,

      My brother and I used to imitate Bambi in that scene all the time growing up… still do occasionally! ;-) …and we’re even… I still hot buttered buns stuck in my head :-)

      Thanks Wayne; I’m honored you stopped and for the compliment!

      Cat

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Humor is the most difficult thing to write in any form from my perspective -- maybe I think so just because I'm not the best at it. You do a great job, however. This piece is very ingenious as well as funny.

      Voted up, funny, and pinned you on my 'Interesting and Fun' Board. Already pinned your hub, "Warning – HubPages May Be Linked to Mental Illness!" And following you on Pinterest too.

      You're very talented and you write some very good stuff.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very clever and extremely funny Cat. Now, like a song stuck in my head, I can't get Bambi out of my head saying, "Bard"!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      phdast7,

      Thank you so much! Some of them just came natural ;-)

      Thanks for the lovely comments and stopping by!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Romeo,

      Ha ha ha!!! Thanks for dumbing it down for me :D Well, I have to say, I wasn't aware of the term loo and at that point... I just gave up :D ... I'm not from your world :D

      Actually, very clever ;-) Thanks!

      Yours,

      Cat

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very clever. :) I am impressed by your inventiveness and ingenuity with language. :)

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Cat

      Pay attenion, 007 lol!

      I was following in the same vein as you being dilly,so I'll decode, without trying to take your Hub vibe down a cul-de-sac, where it is then quietly strangled :-

      Asset - a baby ass.(not really :)

      Igloo - 'loo' is a British informal for what you would call a bathroom/lavatory, and an Igloo is where Eskimo's live.

      Pig sty - Pig's tie

      Anthill - Aunt ill

      Typo's - Because you are an E.M.T., you will know that " Type 'O' ", is a blood group.

      Keep 'em coming!

      Yours,

      R.Q.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      rose-the planner,

      Thank you so much! Well, I should hope everyone believes these terms, what a colorful world that would be :-) … I usually just nod my head and smile when people refer to most of them; this was just my attempt to level out the playing field :D

      Thank you so much for your generous comments and stopping by!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Romeos Quill,

      I don’t have a clue what you said! Ha ha!!! I think my job mustn’t be done yet! You are well above my intelligence dear… must be that Shakespearean language; perhaps I will do a hub on decoding that! :D

      Oh, ‘Rusty Bedsprings’ by I.P. Knightley; rings a bell but I’m not sure I’ve gotten to that one. Is that from the same collection as ‘Balls in the Bedsprings’ by Mr. Completely? Or ‘Who Invented the Mini Skirt?’ by Seymour Bush? Or ‘Spots on the Wall’ by Hu Flung Dung?

      You’re too sweet… thanks for using the word chortling! :D

      That typo thing… you didn’t see any did you? ;-)

      Yours Truly,

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kathryn Stratford,

      Yes, I guess I forget a lot of people land on hubs without seeing the summary, which is where I very responsibly included the words ‘not really’ ha ha!

      Uh oh… I hope I didn’t rub off on you too much; ‘nahledgabul’ ha ha… took me a second! :D

      Thanks Kathryn… and in all circles you’re more than nahledgabul!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      drbj,

      Ha ha! If I can get Ambrose Bierce to move for any reason; I’ll take it! :D

      Thanks a bunch for your awesome comment, from such a funny lady herself!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      ocfireflies,

      Thanks Kim! I’m so happy you giggled… it makes me feel like less of a nerd for giggling at myself while I wrote some of them :-)

      Thanks again for coming by!

      Best Always,

      Cat

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      So how many people are going to believe that these are the actual definitions.........LOL! This was a very creative and entertaining read. I have to say that "Baroque" and "Essay" are my favourites. Thanks for sharing and I hope your mission to complete your guide to "Literary Terms Explained" is realized sooner rather than later! (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Cat

      I felt the compulsion to consult an expert, so is an 'asset' someone with a small behind? Before I continue, I must visit the igloo(toilet for Igs), then clean my pigsty(they don't normally wear them), visit the anthill(but she is slowly making a recovery), then back home , to read a friend's copy of 'Rusty Bedsprings' by I.P. Knightley. : ).......I'm sorry, but it was the best I could do in the short time frame I have!(feel free to make a cheese sandwich).

      This Hub, Cat is absolutely wonderful, and an amazing vehicle for you to display your wonderfully sharp, humourous intellect, and unique wit.

      A beautifully constructed schismatic dichotomy of droll wryness which karate-chops the funny bones, leaving one still silently chortling like an immature cartoon.

      All the clickety-clicks here(apart from beautiful, as you already own that button), and if there any 'Typo's', I won't bleed about it : )

      Yours Insincerely,

      R.Q.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I really thought this was going to be serious, and for a few moments I was really confused. Once I realized what you were saying, I just started laughing and laughing!!! This is very clever, and hilarious!!! Thank you so much for sharing this useful knowledge with us. In some circles, I will be very nahledgabul!

      Voted up and sharing, so others will get a good laugh.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Absolutely, positively mirth-provoking and ingenious, Cat. Ambrose Bierce must be rolling over in his grave - an action caused by his hilarious laughter.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Cat,

      That you for starting my day with grins and giggles! : )

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      To Start Again,

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. I was hoping for clever and cute as opposed to several others it could've been :D

      Thanks again,

      Cat

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      Selina Kyle 4 years ago

      Haha! loved it- clever and cute!! :)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Docmo,

      Wow, well tickle me pink and call me bubble gum! What a comment you have left for me, thank you! If you can even appreciate how I work, then you are already a friend of mine. I will most certainly have to mosey on over your way to fully appreciate what skills you have to offer.

      Thank you so much for your wondrously colorful compliment; I'm honored.

      Cat

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Dear Ma'am,

      It is with an fulfilled heart and righteous envy that I pen this little note. My own compendium of chuckleworthy definitions have been a celebrated publication for several decades. I have been roaming this earth, unfulfilled , looking for a worthy successor who could pen a sequel to my magnum opus. I think I have found one.

      Permit me to bow before your supreme talent, linguistic levity and superior sense of humor. My restless soul has now been sated. Can't wait for the next instalment, after all I do have endless time on my ghostly hands. As you say in these parts, Awesome, Cat.

      Yours truly,

      Ambrose Gwinnet Bierce Esq. ( Last spotted in Chihuahua, Mexico, 1913)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Man of Strength!

      Well hello! Yes, he said hilarious! :D Thanks friend; you're awesome!

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Cat,

      That was hilarious and very creative. Congrats on another great hub. Voted up and awesome.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Faith Reaper,

      Aw, thanks doll! I'm glad I made you laugh :-) I'm going on 4 days of rain... I wanted to be goofy today!

      Thanks so much!

      Hug,

      Cat

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      hahahaha good one dearest Cat, you're the best! Needed this one today! Have a GREAT weekend!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Theater girl,

      Thank you so much... I'm glad I was able to brighten your day! Trust me... I needed it too! :D

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Cat, I was reading this and laugh/crying! Great job, and thanks for the laugh that I needed today!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Sunny River,

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it funny, though I did receive injuries in the making :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Shanmarie,

      Thanks girly! How am I really supposed to comment on that without getting myself in trouble?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Oh my goodness, is this the point you were trying to make with your hub today? Ha ha… I just finished reading your hub after posting this and thought… uh, Billy might want to stay away today :D

      Thanks my dear friend!

      Cat

      And we all know how talented you are! :-)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      writinglover,

      Thank you sweetie pie! I hurt myself in the process, but hopefully I’ll recover and treat myself to another writinglover original :D

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      Sunny River 4 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      Hahahahaha that's great! :)

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the laughs. . . particularly love your definition of anticlimax.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OMG....I literally laughed out loud. So very clever and so very funny. I needed this today and you delivered.

      Thank you for my friend. I am standing and applauding as I type this, which just goes to show how multi-talented I am. :)

      bill

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      This was so much fun to read, Cat! I really liked it. I'm looking forward to more of this hub! Voted it up interesting and funny! :D