You never really hear of interest rates 'going up', they're always 'hiked'.. and government cuts are rarely 'deep' or 'severe',. they're 'swingeing'. Is there a word/term for either this use of language, or the role these words play as an auxiliary to the other? I'm not talking about the hyperbolic nature of the words, just that they're almost always connected
(Swingeing doesn't seem to really exist other than to describe cuts!)
edit: For the down-voters, I'm in Britain, perhaps these examples are local ones. I guess 'Spangling' is the only way stars are applied to a flag, but I haven't thought about US examples for long!