Big Words on Campus

Goto next slide#3: Metaphor

Definition:

: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money); broadly : figurative language

Example:

"Is 'Moby Dick' a metaphor for the struggle of trying to read 'Moby Dick'?" – Tweet from @ColbertReport, August 16, 2013

About the Word:

The Greek ancestor of metaphor meant "to transfer; change." The metaphor transfers a name for something to another thing in order to suggest likeness between the two, as in Homer's repeated use of "the wine-dark sea."

A mixed metaphor combines different metaphorical images or ideas in a way that is foolish or illogical, like this quotation reported in the Chicago Tribune in 2007: "So now what we are dealing with is the rubber meeting the road, and instead of biting the bullet on these issues, we just want to punt."

goto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slide