Metaphor

We often discuss metaphor in the context of a writer’s voice, but metaphor also reflects the way we think. The metaphors we use to describe certain concepts, activities, etc. both reflect and affect the way we think about those concepts, activities, etc.

In a TED talk, James Geary provides an excellent discussion of how and why we use metaphors to shape our thoughts.


George Carlin was a brilliant language-based comedian. In the following clip from 1990, he discusses the different between baseball and football by describing the metaphors each sport uses.


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