Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Metaphors, similes and analogies (XKCD cartoon)

I can't recommend XKCD as a regular diet, but this one is deliciously clever (click to embiggen):

13 comments:

David said...

Embiggen is now my favorite word.

Merrilee Stevenson said...

Just like as in real life, once the analogy breaks down, practical application results in our hunger for real food.

mikeb said...

Application to Genesis 1 possibly?

Sir Aaron said...

Yeah, OEC interpretation of the six days of creation.

DJP said...

Huh?

mikeb said...

Dan is "Huh" a simile, metaphor, or anacronym? :)

Pooka said...

What's a metaphor?
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Nuffin. What's a metaphor you?

(couldn't resit.

Sir Aaron said...

Dan:

don't you recall any of the discussion at Pyro? An argument broke out about interpretation of the days of Genesis. Some of the OEC adherents claimed it was metaphor and then the argument went into the meaning of metaphor vs. analogy, etc.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

HA HA HA HA HA!

RodeoClown said...

A quick note - all the XKCD comics have a second punchline hidden in the alt-text of the image (so if you mouse over it in it's original setting, you get a second joke).

DJP said...

I forgot that.

Lucky for me it was clean!

Tom Chantry said...

Pooka,

The correct answer to "What's a metaphor?" is "Cows to graze in."

kateg said...

What's a metaphor?... it's so people can make comments on the post, silly.