What's in a Word?
A TROPE is a word, phrase, or image used in a new and different way in order to create an artistic effect
The word TROPE comes from the Latin tropus, from the Greek tropos turn, way, manner, style. It was first used in 1533.
Metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche and irony have been called the four master tropes:
Metaphor is an explanation of an object or idea through the juxtaposition of disparate things with a similar characteristic. Ex. Describing a courageous person as having a "heart of a lion".
Metonymy is a trope through proximity or correspondence. Ex. Referring to the actions of the U.S. President as the "actions of the White House".
Synecdoche is trope created by a play on words, specifically by referring to something with a related concept. Ex. "the law" for police officers and "bricks and mortar" for a building.
Irony is a trope created through implying the opposite of the standard meaning. Ex. Describing a bad situation as "good times."
All Over YouTube
TV. Movies. Life
Tropes are Tools. And there are thousands of them. Here's a snapshot of some of our favorites from tvtropes.org.
Anything But That!
Dude, Not Ironic
Dumbass Has a Point
Famous Last Words
Finishing Each Other's Sentences
Hey, That's My Line!
I Have Nothing to Say to That
I Have This Friend
I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That
Inner Monologue Conversation
Is the Answer to This Question "Yes"?
Tropes transcend television. They reflect life. Since a lot of art, especially the popular arts, does its best to reflect life, tropes are likely to show up everywhere.