October 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Metaphors can be tricky beasts to spot. However, the avid metaphor watcher knows that a metaphor is usually trying to be two things at once. Most metaphors are very insecure and therefore have trouble saying exactly what they mean. They are shy – especially when it comes to emotions. Rather than just come right out and say, “I love you” they will become a symbol of that emotion, like love being a rose (as seen here). This metaphor is a relative of Cliché  and is easy to spot. Younger metaphors are not so well-known and are truly glorious to behold…have you spotted one you’d like to share?


1. A  figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance


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