I believe there is a term for words such as never, always, constantly, and so forth; words that generally exaggerate the situation being described. Unfortunately, I can't recall what that term is if I am correct in that there is indeed such a term. Can anyone help me with this question?
For a single word, consider extremes or absolutes. In some contexts, it may sound better to use the adjective form: extreme words, absolute terms, etc.
I may be misunderstanding the answer you're after, but I have a friend who chastises me for making blanket generalizations whenever I use a word like never or always in a sentence. (He's a smart guy.) Is that the phrase you're looking for?
In this case generalization means to make general or broad statements (often impossibly broad). Sometimes people also call these blanket statements.
maybe you are thinking of "hyperbole", an obvious exaggeration intended to create a strong impression.
I don't think any term other than 'time adverbs' is required to describe them, even if one exists.
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Jul 16 '12 at 19:11
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