Sunday, April 13, 2008

Metaphors from hell

When bored, stressed English teachers get together, all literary propriety go out the window. This is purely for the fun and sticklers for the English language should not read on. We were talking about metaphors and how it was difficult to get students to imagine what the metaphor was trying to get at. We thought, perhaps, if they were bad metaphors, they'd get it more easily.

For instance.

It is a burden as heavy as a bastard child

The rumour spread like syphilis

It was an irritation akin to a yeast infection

The odour was overpowering like that of a wet dog

It would have been great if we had time to come up with more but we each had work to do and had to go our separate ways.


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Ondine tossed this thought in at 22:52

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At 10:08 pm Blogger imp said...

i remember days when teachers tried very hard to explain metaphors to us and drawing out differences between root, complex, active, absolute, experiential,implicit, submerged, etc..etc... we'd quietly switch the metaphors under our breath and giggle.

reading your post now made me realize that the teachers were probably trying very hard to keep a straight face while spouting politically correct explanations. :)


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