Stable Influence

Friday's Editorial Cartoon   —   Posted on December 20, 2013

Question(s)

Which word best describes the type of literary device the cartoonist uses to make his point?
a) pun
b) personification
c) onomatopoeia
d) oxymoron

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

By Gary Varvel
























Answer(s)

a) pun, which is a “play on words” – the use of a word or phrase that has two meanings

The cartoonist did not use:
b) personification – a figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to an abstract quality, animal, or inanimate object.
c) onomatopoeia – the creation of words that imitate natural sounds (buzz and hiss are examples of onomatopoeia)
d) oxymoron – a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as the phrase “jumbo shrimp” “virtual reality”)