By Mardy Grothe
The work of art in eating places are on a par with the foodstuff in museums.
America is a gigantic frosted cupcake in the midst of thousands of ravenous people.
Critics are like pigs on the pastry cart.
Describing whatever by way of bearing on it to a different factor is the essence of metaphorical notion. it's one of many oldest actions of humankind—and the most amazing whilst performed skillfully. all through historical past, many masters of metaphor have crafted observations which are so unbelievable they've got taken up an enduring place of abode in our minds.
In I by no means Metaphor i did not Like, citation maven Dr. Mardy Grothe fixes his recognition at the 3 superstars of figurative language—analogies, metaphors, and similes. the result's a unprecedented compilation of approximately 2,000 feats of organization that may entertain, teach, and sometimes encourage citation fans everywhere.
In this highbrow smorgasbord, the writer of Oxymoronica and Viva los angeles Repartee explains figurative language in a refreshingly down-to-earth means sooner than taking readers on a journey of history's maximum observe images. In chapters on wit, love, intercourse, level and display, insults, politics, activities, and extra, you can find quotations from Aristotle and Maya Angelou to George Washington and Oprah Winfrey.
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Extra resources for I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like: A Comprehensive Compilation of History’s Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes
G E O RG E J E A N NAT H A N anyone could have one child. yet going from one child to 2 is like going from possessing a puppy to working a zoo. P. J. O ’ RO U R okay E Quarrels are the dowry which married people carry each other. O V I D A dowry is funds or own estate delivered to a wedding, usually in a chest or piece of bags. This statement from Ovid’s The paintings of affection (first century B. C. ) can be history’s first metaphor on bringing “emotional luggage” to a wedding. Harriet Lerner acknowledged it otherwise within the Dance of Anger (1985): “Underground matters from one courting or context in- variably gas our fires in one other. ” Getting married is lots like entering into a bath of scorching water. when you get used to it, it ain’t so scorching. M I N N I E P E A R L Marriage is like paying an unending stopover at on your worst outfits. J. B . P R I E S T L E Y Alcoholism isn’t a spectator recreation. ultimately the complete relations will get to play. J OYC E R E B E TA - B U R D I T T Marriage: a memento of affection. H E L E N R OW L A N D i n e v e r m e t a p h o r i d i d n ' t l i ke / 196 A keepsake is a souvenir of whatever long ago, so it is a version at the subject matter of marriage being the dying of affection. It comes from Reflections of a Bachelor lady (1909), which additionally includes this simile: “Marriage is like twirling a baton, turning a hand spring, or consuming with chopsticks; it seems to be really easy until eventually you are attempting it. ” A husband is what's left of a lover, after the nerve has been extracted. H E L E N ROW L A N D a lady who takes her husband approximately together with her in every single place is sort of a cat that is going on fiddling with a mouse lengthy after she’s killed it. S A okay I (H. H. Munro) a toddler is God’s opinion that the area should still pass on. C A R L S A N D B U RG mom and dad train within the hardest institution on the earth— the college for Making humans. you're the board of schooling, the crucial, the study room instructor, and the janitor. V I RG I N I A S AT I R Marriage is like pantyhose. all of it is determined by what you place into it. P H Y L L I S S C H L A F LY large sisters are the crab grass within the garden of lifestyles. C H A R L E S M . S C H U L Z , from Linus, in a 1952 Peanuts sketch males are April once they woo, December after they wed: m a r r i a g e , h o m e & f a m i l y l i f e / 197 maids are might after they are maids, however the sky adjustments once they are better halves. W I L L I A M S H A okay E S P E A R E , in As you're keen on It Combining a calendar and a climate metaphor, Shakespeare describes the alterations from courtship to marriage—fresh male fervor starts to chill, and the sunny disposition of ladies is instantly changed by way of cloudy and wet days. one other well known calendar metaphor is the May-December marriage, primary to explain an age disparate couple, as a rule one within which the spouse is within the spring of her lifestyles and the husband within the iciness of his. A married guy types married behavior and turns into depending on marriage simply as a sailor turns into depending on the ocean. G E O RG E B E R NA R D S H AW domestic existence as we realize it is not any extra usual to us than a cage is normal to a cockatoo.