Archive for the ‘Figurative language’ Category

Big and Small

April 5, 2015

It started with an image passed on to me by Mike McKinley, of two young, lean buddies displaying their penises (at some sort of public event — it’s a puzzling picture): one small, the other about twice his size. The photo can be viewed on AZBlogX, here. That leads us to the topic of penis size, which has appeared on this blog before. And then to images of big vs. small things, which seem to function as metaphors in business literature (the virtues of big vs. small advertising agencies, for instance) and also to be a frequent pairing in literature for children (for whom body-size contrasts are personally significant).

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Truncation notes

April 2, 2015

Two recent examples of truncated expressions: from a Law and Order episode on tv, a character saying “I work the graveyard at” some place or another; and a reference in the Economist to David Cameron and Margaret Thatcher seeming to be barking.

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Tech talk

February 21, 2015

Today’s Dilbert, in which the pointy-headed boss asks for investment advice:

The boss is fine with colorful figurative jargon in the investment world, but balks at the term diversification because of the spelling challenges it presents.

Bizarro’s 30th

January 24, 2015

The Comics Kingdom site tells me that the 21st was the 30th anniversary of Bizarro comics by Don Piraro, the first having been published on 1/21/85. Here are two Bizarros with linguistic content that haven’t been blogged on here: one from 12/18/13, one from much earlier, possibly from 3/29/89 (I have trouble reading the data):

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One more from Jane

January 21, 2015

From Jane Austen to her niece Fanny Knight, November 18, 1814:

Note that Austen personifies Wit as a woman.

(Thanks to Chris Ambidge.)

The metaphorical knife

December 29, 2014

Passed on via Chris Waigl, this New Yorker cartoon by Leo Cullum:

But still a pointed metaphor.

(I’m assembling a Page for Leo Cullum cartoons. Stay tuned.)

“just happy to see me”

December 3, 2014

Today’s Mother Goose and Grimm:

A play on a famous fugitive quotation, widely attributed to Mae West but never actually traced to her.

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Taking offense: three stories

November 19, 2014

Three stories (two of them recent) about taking offense: on spear phishing; Illegal Pete’s; and frape. First, some background on taking offense.

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Name that dress code

October 11, 2014

Today’s Dilbert has Catbert giving advice on naming the company’s new dress code:

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(in fact, a dorky name for it). Now on dork and dorky.

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Elephants

July 18, 2014

Today’s Zippy, set not in a diner but at a carwash:

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Given the Space Needle in the background, the cartoon is clearly set in Seattle. And in fact Elephant Car Wash locations are all over the area. A representation in a Michael Birawer canvas painting:

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The title alludes to the idiom the elephant in the room.

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