If I had to describe myself, it would be in a word that has many meanings with a complexity which falls off the tongue.
A word made up of many elements, is deceptive in appearance, and creates an illusion from the imagination.
My word would be Phantasmagoric. ~Summer Ross

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fun sentences

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For your reading amusement, I give you odd and funny metaphors and similes I have found around the internet. Its also a good tool to find new ways to describe something in our own writing.

Definition: A metaphor is a way to compare two unrelated things to make a point.

Even in his last years, Grandpappy had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut. Humor at work

~ It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall. HA HA



He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up. Funny analogies

It's like locking the barn door after the nuts have bolted. mixed metaphor
Working here is like urinating in a dark suit. It's warm and it feels good, but it doesn't show.Creative think

I feel like a limp dishrag.  workshop


But if you really want to have good ideas for descriptive purposes, take a look at this snippet from a poem:


The Fish By Elizabeth Bishop from poem hunter website


snippet 
"Here and there
his brown skin hung in strips
like ancient wallpaper,
and its pattern of darker brown
was like wallpaper:
shapes like full-blown roses
stained and lost through age.
He was speckled and barnacles,
fine rosettes of lime,
and infested
with tiny white sea-lice,
and underneath two or three
rags of green weed hung down.
While his gills were breathing in
the terrible oxygen"

 Can you think of a metaphor/simile you like or can you come up with one of your own?

37 comments:

Christine Danek said...

"Her annoyed voice scratched like fingernails on a chalkboard."
This from something I wrote. Sort of boring I guess compared to the great ones you mention.
Nice poem.
Have a great weekend!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Boy, I wish I could write metaphors like these ones. I suck at them. ;)

Jules said...

A dress on me is like pantie hose on a pig. :D
Self description!

Have a good holiday :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Summer Ross said...

Christine~~ I can picture that and it makes me cringe...lol maybe its the dreaded chalkboard thing lol

Stina~~ they aren't very hard once you get in the mind frame for them :)

Jules~~ aww don't get hard on yourself dear. but its a good metaphor you could use in writing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Your examples were funny. And no, brain's not working this morning, so can't offer any.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Visiting/following from KarenG's BBQ post. Nice blawg!

Mason Canyon said...

Can't think of any metaphors to add. These are great, especially like the first one.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

fairyhedgehog said...

Metaphors seem to be just one more thing I don't have the hang of! You've got some interesting ones here.

Zoe said...

Brilliant! I adore bizarre metaphors and similes! The steel trap simile is very Terry Pratchette-esque. I love it!

I'll be following for sure to see what happens next.

Lisa said...

Visiting from KarenG's BBQ hop. Have a great weekend!

Summer Ross said...

L. Diane~~ I know I'm always asking you to think in the morning huh? lol

Lisa, Zoe, fairyhedgehog, mason-- thnk you for commenting. I hope you have a wonderful day too.

LTM said...

following your blog is like choosing to fly over invisibility~

nope.

like... wait! Aren't the like ones the similies??? d'oh! ;p Hey, but I got the ice! (for the BBQ!) ;)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my haiku's.

You changed your profile picture. I like this one, but had grown fond of the older one.

Metaphors. Gotta love them. The light of the stars was as distant and faint as the love of Man.

How was that?

Kathryn Magendie said...

Over here to look around from the BBQ party!

Summer Ross said...

LTM~~ it works!! thanks for the ice!

Roland~~ its beautiful...sorry needed a change of pace in pictures.

Kathryn~~ enjoy and thanks for commenting

Ann Best said...

You came into my blog from KarenG's BBQ, and now I've found yours. I'm so glad I did.

These are stunning metaphors. Who can top Elizabeth Bishop? She's one of the greatest poets. Maybe I can think of something later.

Enjoy the weekend!
Ann

Summer Ross said...

Ann~~ Bishop is amazing in her imagery and descriptions. thanks for commenting.

T.J. Carson said...

HA i read The Fish in my Approaches to Literature course. I recognized it instantly! haha and the one with the staple through the tongue was funny!

JW said...

My mind is officially expanded for having stopped by your blog today. Wonderful stuff! I will have to work on my metaphor writing skills... :) Enjoy!! Janelle

David J. West said...

"His skin crawled like spiders swarming over raw flesh."

That's from an eerie western I'm working on.

Glad to meet you through Karen G as well.

Brenda Drake said...

::snort::

Catherine said...

Over from Karen G's BBQ blog.No metaphors but plenty of typos posts on my blog - I love them and have a bit of a thing about them - no greengrocer's apostrophe is safe with me about! I hate them - the apple's and orange's of life - and always try to photograph them and then post them. Also spelling mistakes - best one was a roadsign ad for night classes enticing us to "Enrole Now"!
Drop by and follow me - I'm following you now!
Catherine.

Summer Ross said...

T.J~~ I read it originally in a poetry class I took a few semesters back.

JW, Brenda, Catherine~~ thanks for your comments and letting me know you stopped by :)

David~~ AWCK spiders...ewww...lol love it

Julie Musil said...

Hi Summer, I'm visiting from Karen G's blog party. I'm glad I found your blog! Love these quotes...I'm not the best at this stuff, so it's fun to read others.

Carolyn V. said...

I think metaphors are difficult. Especially if I am trying to think of a creative one. =)

Summer Ross said...

Julie, Carolyn~~ thanks for commenting. :) they are difficult sometimes. :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Hi, Summer! I popped over from Karen's blog BBQ to say hello. Thanks for bringing the Mountain Dew - I love the stuff! :-)

Larry Hyatt said...

My dentist approched slowly with her Carol Channing, Englishman smile.

Angie said...

Nice examples. I would post one of my own, but I can't think of any at the moment. How about one my husband uses on the kids who are eating less than politely. "You look like an anaconda trying to swallow a wild boar."

Lynda Young said...

I love the tongue stapling... made me laugh out loud...hahahaha

catdownunder said...

Miaou? I am putting a paw around the door to say hello from Donna's blog party. It's all right, I washed my paws before I set out!

Jemi Fraser said...

Those are awesome :) I usually have my students make up crazy ones - so much fun!

Carol Kilgore said...

These are all great - as long as I don't staple my tongue to ANYTHING!

Talei said...

Hello Summer,

Great metaphors and I love that poem!

I have something for you on my blog - flutter by when you can to collect it! ;))

Talei :)xx

Jayne said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog thanks to Karen's lovely BBQ! I love the 'limp dishrag' one - Bikram Yoga (when I ever go) often makes me feel like a limp noodle. :)

elimar licos said...

metaphors..

i know one filipino song (mahal kita by nicole hyala) in which the whole lyrics are made from metaphors.

"are you a denture? cause i cant smile without you."

"i'll call a police to take you, cause you have stolen my heart."

"are you boggers? cause you're really really hard to get."

Summer Ross said...

Elimar~~ those are great

Oh my gosh everyone- you came up with some great stuff! thanks for all your wonderful comments. i always have fun reading them!

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