Living - and already savoring - the Adventures across the backroads of western Idaho and eastern Oregon!

01 February 2011

ASM for Joe Public, O for U and Me

Analogies, Similes & Metaphors. Do we really know what each one is? I checked dictionary.com and realized I was only 2/3 right. I need to contribute more to the blogospheric conversation at-large, so here’s something somewhat educational, albeit still dysfunctional. But isn’t that you keep coming back?!

Analogies: a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based: the analogy between the heart and a pump. TMM variants include My Work Habits and the Little Engine that Could; Molson’s Lager and A Taste of the Canadian Wilderness; Bus rides and a painful Dental Exam.

Similes: a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in “she is like a rose.” TMM chimes in with He is just like the Government Cheese; He is like an unspeakable animal by-product; A sunset like the red tides of Florida

Metaphors: 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, as in “A mighty fortress is our god. TMM likes A higher profile at work is my reward for good career planning {OK, gag me}; A fat bank account is my pillar of strength {yeah, like most of us know anything about that one}; Running like the wind {Bob Seger is the Man}

A Bonus Item -- a reward for reading down this far:

Oxymorons: a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect. Some of my favorite funnies are the tried-and-so-true Military Intelligence or Political Outrage. Let’s add Fiscal Discipline, Smooth Roads in DC, and DMV-Common Sense.

No comments: