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Is there a word that describes a person who constantly exaggerates? Exaggerating both facts and their emotions?

Edit: the word should have a negative connotation, as if you are criticizing someone for exaggerating too much.

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The word alarmist will work in some contexts, basically where they're overstating a threat. –  Carl Smith Jul 20 '13 at 14:58

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Exaggerator and overstater are both English words that fit your meaning.

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How about histrionic? Or drama queen?

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'Histrionic' refers more to character and style rather than speech right? I was thinking of a word more relevant to exaggeration in speech hmm.. –  darrentnh Jun 13 '12 at 9:09

How about braggart? ~ " A vain bragger, one who brags much."

http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/22483?redirectedFrom=braggart#eid

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Only when exaggerating own positive qualities. You won't call a braggart one who says "I'm utterly hopeless" about being less than perfect. –  SF. Jun 13 '12 at 18:58

Bullshitter comes to mind, although it is potentially offensive.

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Welcome to English Language & Usage! Good answer, although you may want to provide a reference and re-write in a less informal style. See How to Answer Questions. –  Bradd Szonye Apr 20 '13 at 21:17
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Know what? Where it doesn't give offense, bullshitter is the most accurate word, and the one most common in speech. –  user1678063 Apr 20 '13 at 21:32
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@user1678063 could you please rewrite your comment in a more formal style - this is a very serious forum, where we all have to be dead formal. –  Billy Moon Apr 20 '13 at 23:25

You might try Munchausen, after the fictional (and fiction-creating) German Baron. Be careful, though; the word has been taken up by the medical profession to describe somebody who constantly fantasises or lives in a dream world, which is stronger than the original meaning, and probably stronger than you're looking for.

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+1. I was just about to mention the baron. –  Barrie England Jun 13 '12 at 15:37

Exaggerator works fine, but if you want something fancier you could try on hyperbolist.

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'hyperbolic' is an existing word (an adjective though) but it might be misunderstood (being too well associated with mathematics). –  Mitch Jun 13 '12 at 13:17
    
Hyperbolist is more of a neutral word right? I am looking for something that has a negative connotation, as if you are criticizing someone for exaggerating too much in speech. –  darrentnh Jun 13 '12 at 15:10
    
@darrentnh: It reads as sarcastic praise to me, which is probably more subtle than you're looking for. –  chaos Jun 13 '12 at 15:46

What do you think about Coproglot ?

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This word is not standard English right? –  darrentnh Jun 13 '12 at 9:06
    
Define standard English. This is urban dictionary aka dictionary of slang. –  speedyGonzales Jun 13 '12 at 9:14
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"coproglot" should be avoided, since the hearer may think it is related to other words with prefix "copro-". –  GEdgar Jun 13 '12 at 12:48
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@GEdgar, it's probably the whole point. If "polyglot" means you speak many languages, coproglot means you speak shit. –  zneak Jun 13 '12 at 14:10

You could call him a "Commander McBragg"

McBragg is a a cartoon character that tells stories in his English club about his many exploits that are hard to believe. Here are a examples and a link to a Wikepedia description:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4roxM8hUMk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkZzLUvuLLU

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commander_McBragg

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