Saying

saying is any concisely written or spoken expression that is especially memorable because of its meaning or style. Sayings are categorized as follows:

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  • Aphorism: a general, observational truth; “a pithy expression of wisdom or truth”.
    • Adageproverb, or saw: a widely known or popular aphorism that has gained credibility by long use or tradition.
    • Apophthegm: “an edgy, more cynical aphorism; such as, ‘Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.'”
  • Cliché or bromide: an unoriginal and overused saying.
    • Platitude: a cliché that is unsuccessfully presented as though it were meaningful, original, or effective.
  • Epigram: a clever and often poetic written saying that comments on a specific person, idea, or thing; it especially denominates such a saying that is conspicuously put at the beginning of a text.
  • Epitaph: a saying in honor of a decedent, often engraved on a headstone or plaque.
  • Epithet: a descriptive word or saying already widely associated with a specific person, idea, or thing.
  • Idiom: a saying that has only a non-literal interpretation; “an expression whose meaning can’t be derived simply by hearing it, such as ‘Kick the bucket.'”
    • Four-character idiom:
      • Chengyu: Chinese four-character idioms
      • Sajaseong-eo: Korean form of four-character idioms
      • Yojijukugo: Japanese form of four-character idioms

        In Tibet, many Buddhists carve mantras into rocks as a form of devotion.

        In Tibet, many Buddhists carve mantras into rocks as a form of devotion.

  • Mantra: a religious, mystical, or other spiritual saying that is repeated, for example, in meditation.
  • Maxim: (1) an instructional expression of a general principle or rule of morality or (2) simply a synonym for “aphorism”; they include:
    • Brocards
    • Gnomes
    • Legal maxims
  • Motto: a saying used frequently by a person or group to summarize its general mission.
    • Slogan: a motto with the goal of persuading.
  • Quip: a clever or humorous saying based on an observation.
  • Witticism: a saying that is clever and usually humorous, and notable for its form or style just as much as, or more than, its meaning.

References

Adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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