Uses of Comparatives and Superlatives: One Cute, The Others Not So Much

The following is the first thought that came to mind after I read The 53 most stunning lines from Donald Trump's 'Fox & Friends' interview, an analysis from CNN's Chris Cillizza.  What it reminded me of were the comparatives and superlatives lesson in my 7th grade English class.

Damn that was a long time ago!

The first is an example of an appropriate use of comparatives and superlatives. I'd say it's even cute but definitely nobody would accuse me of being someone with an over-inflated sense of self, a babbling idiot, or worse, a dangerous liar.

Oh and hang with me, please. It's a long lead in to the first one but it could be worth it. 🙂

The rest are examples of several not-so-appropriate use of comparatives and superlatives. All are gross exaggerations but one is harmless and the others? Well, I'll let you be the judge, assuming you can understand what Trump is trying to say.

First a little background on my use of a appropriate comparatives and superlatives.

We've been fostering a dog whose brothers and sister were poisoned. We started caring for them when they were dropped off in front of the house next door. I have no idea why they were poisoned but Paul and I had to help the remaining one. We named them all and the guy we're fostering was named Marcos, Jr. because he reminded us of our beloved Marcos, but a fraction of his size.

)We've been in contact with two organizations that are looking for forever homes for Marcos, Jr. For the moment he's living below our house in one of the hurricane shelters for the goats.)

I assume the stress of going from sensory overload (living on the street, even if it is a little road without much traffic) to sensory deprivation (we visit several times a day but it's still a big change) locked up his bowels.

I have been adding vegetables and Metamucil to his two daily meals. Finally last night and this morning he had bowel movements. This morning his stool was half the length of my forearm and that's no exaggeration.

The length is significant because his body is only a bit longer than my forearm. I think he's a dachshund / corgi mix. I praised him and said out loud, "Marcos! That's the biggest poop I've ever seen! I'm so proud of you." I pet him on the head and back several times and he wagged his tail.

Comparatives and superlatives

Obviously not Trump but an apt description of what happens when he opens his mouth.

And now I give you Comparatives and Superlatives a la President Trump

  1. "We really accomplished a lot. More than anybody knows. You'll be seeing what we accomplished."
  2. "A horrible thing and yet, I've accomplished, with all of this going on, more than any president in the first year in our history.
  3. "Look, it was very, very nasty with Little Rocket Man and with the buttons -- and, you know, my button's bigger than -- everybody said this guy's going to get us into nuclear war."
  4. "You know, one of the reasons people say you're still looking good, Mr. President. How do you do it?"
  5. "I would give myself an A+."
  6. And let's not forget, "We're going to go big!"