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Last Person on Earth Figure

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 Even under the most extreme circumstances, this hyperbolic figure alleges, your interlocutor’s scenario would not play out. Technical Term: adynata (ah-din-AH-ta), Greek for “helpless” or “without power.” Presumably, the Greeks meant that even the gods would be powerless to affect the outcome. Use the last person on earth to state an impossibility or to praise someone lavishly. 

Young Lady: I wouldn’t go out with you if there was a second world-wide flood and Noah himself invited us onboard to propagate the species. Word Hero

Hell, I couldn’t write a better piece if given a month, five naked research assistants, and a crate of whippets. Jack Schaefer in Slate