Not sure if I'm asking the question correctly but I thought I had come across the word that defines that can of talk. For example:

I'm always sick
Teacher picks on me every day
You never text me

(Absolutes that just aren't true.)

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    Sith, if you've seen Star Wars ;) Apr 20, 2018 at 14:36

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You could call this kind of speech hyperbole:

hyperbole (n.) A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton.

And, if you really wanted a word to describe such people, you could call them hyperbolists:

hyperbolist (n.) One who uses hyperbole; an exaggerator.

although it should be noted that hyperbolist is a rather rare word, and might seem a little awkward in casual conversation. (As a matter of fact, my spellchecker is putting a red line under it now.)

So, I don't think I'd ever say:

Bob is such a hyperbolist!

Instead, I'd probably say:

Bob exaggerates all the time.

(but then I'd be guilty of hyperbole, too).

  • More colloquially, Bob (not just Alice) might often be called a drama queen if he/she habitually describes / reacts to every situation in an overdramatic or exaggerated manner. Apr 20, 2018 at 14:51
  • I agree with this. But, I point out too that it is possible that a person who says "I'm always sick" may also get sick very often. [upvoting]. I always get into trouble with my answers. [?]
    – Lambie
    Apr 20, 2018 at 14:58

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