Easy as What????
This week’s WordPress writing challenge is to post something to your blog using metaphors and similes. I thought this would be a good opportunity to challenge The Education Cafe readers to post a comment to this blog with some of your favorite metaphors and similes. I know this blog has a lot of readers, but now it is time to step up and be participants. Whether you are a teacher, student, homeschool parent, or someone who just stumbled onto this post like flies on poop or bees on honey (I prefer the honey example), please take a moment to comment to this post with:
1) Popular similes and metaphors that you love;
2) Similes and metaphors that you cannot stand;
3) Similes and metaphors that are overused;
4) Unique similes and metaphors (ones that you had never heard before but could not forget once you heard them).
About.com gives these meanings and examples:
Simile–A figure of speech in which two fundamentally unlike things are explicitly compared, usually in a phrase introduced by like or as.
Example: Life is like . . . a box of crayons, a roller coaster, a box of cherries, …
Metaphor–A figure of speech in which an implied comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common. Adjective: metaphorical.
Example: Life is . . . a journey, a dance, a dream . . .
Having lived overseas in places where it was not always possible to buy a box of this and a can of that (much less ready-made items), I learned to cook a lot of things from scratch. In America today, people think cooking from scratch means making pancakes with baking mix or making a cake using a box mix (instead of buying ready-made items). What I mean by cooking by scratch is using all the basic, raw ingredients to make something, things like flour, baking powder, shortening, salt, sugar, etc. It was at that time in my life that I wondered why we use the expression “as easy as pie.” Pie crusts definitely take experience in handling and fruit fillings take time in preparation. It seems that the origin of “as easy as pie” has more to do with the eating of it! Now that makes sense!
Are there expressions that you wonder who came up with it and why? Research it and let us know what you find out by attaching a link in the comments.
You, too, can take the challenge: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/weekly-writing-challenge-metaphor-and-similie/