Verboticism: Materbole

'Eat! Or you'll turn into a boneless chicken.'

DEFINITION: n., Cautionary advice provided by parents to their children, often makes no logical sense but carries enough emotional weight to affect the child's behavior. v. To warn of danger through the judicious use of exaggeration.

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Materbole

Created by: mchristof

Pronunciation: muh-ter-bol-ee

Sentence: Saying I'll turn into a boneless chicken is such a materbole.

Etymology: Hyperbole - an exaggeration Maternal - having to do with the mother

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