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    Post to reach for some off-the-peg hyperbole and easy tributes

    From Foster Wallace is a huge loss | Books | guardian.co.uk

    In the text below, what does "off-the-peg hyperbole" mean?

    It's normal when a gifted artist passes away to reach for some off-the-peg hyperbole and easy tributes, and I find myself reaching for them too; "greatest writer of a generation" and so on. But at a time when superlatives are scattered so widely and freely for marketing reasons, it is difficult to take the debased coins and polish them up into something like their original value. That was a concern of Wallace's, too: how to restore to language a value and truthfulness eroded by irony, propaganda and self-interest.


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    Re: to reach for some off-the-peg hyperbole and easy tributes

    "off the peg" means that the hyperbole is a standard and unoriginal one Clothes that are "off the peg" are those that are made for general retail rather than made to measure for an individual.

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    Re: to reach for some off-the-peg hyperbole and easy tributes

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "off the peg" means that the hyperbole is a standard and unoriginal one Clothes that are "off the peg" are those that are made for general retail rather than made to measure for an individual.
    Now I have one more question. What does the writer mean by saying: "It's normal when a gifted artist passes away to reach for some off-the-peg hyperbole and easy tributes"?


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    Re: to reach for some off-the-peg hyperbole and easy tributes

    It is suggesting that it is easier [and quicker] to use existing phrases than to invent one for the occasion.

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    Smile Re: to reach for some off-the-peg hyperbole and easy tributes

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is suggesting that it is easier [and quicker] to use existing phrases than to invent one for the occasion.
    You are too fast! Thanks.

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