Greguería

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A greguería is a short statement, usually one sentence, in which the author expresses a philosophical, pragmatic, or humorous idea in a witty and original way. A greguería is roughly similar to an aphorism or a one-liner joke in comedy. It is a rhetorical and stylistic device used in Spanish and Latin American literature.

History[edit]

Ramón Gómez de la Serna is considered the father of the greguería, which he defined as humor plus metaphor. Gómez de la Serna first used the greguería in about 1910.[1][2]

Examples[edit]

Some examples of greguerías by Ramón Gómez de la Serna, originally in Spanish.

  • The couple of eggs we eat look like identical twins, and they're not even third cousins. (El par de huevos que nos tomamos parece que son gemelos, y no son ni primos terceros.)
  • The peacock is a retired myth. (El pavo real es un mito jubilado.)
  • Doors get angry with the wind. (Las puertas se enfadan con el viento.)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ramon Gomez de la Serna (Spanish writer)". Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Diccionario de la lengua española". Retrieved 2009-11-16.