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By: Metaphor Observatory  09-12-2011
Keywords: Tipping The Scales

Archives for the ‘metaphor’ Category

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

A bridge too far: Was Sarah Palin’s crosshairs metaphor a political death threat?

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Tuesday, 9 December 2008

The rat metaphor gets dissected. Ew! Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich pressed the right levers on the Observatory’s feed control panel, turning our scope downwards for the first time ever. In case you were tidying the bomb shelter, the Sucker State’s has-been lion has been bagged by rat catchers for soliciting bribes after several incriminating recordings [..]

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Sunday, 9 November 2008

A conceptual sand trap… “…it is not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the hole we are in.” Barack Obama “We’ll dig our way out!” Homer Simpson Our economy is a hole that covers us. Metaphors Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit [..]

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Friday, 17 October 2008

Building a bigger, better hole… Many observers have noticed an awful lot of metaphors are being used to describe the current American financial crisis. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the Metaphor Observatory opined that this surge of metaphor was a response to the fact that nobody could understand the situation. As [..]

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Thursday, 16 October 2008

John accused of spending too much time on the Joe… The last presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama was also the last straw. The debate was awash with references to Joe The Plumber, tipping the scales of nomination for The Metaphor Observatory’s 2008 Top Ten List of Metaphors. We can only take so [..]

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Thursday, 18 September 2008

Borrego boldly goes where no ‘phor has gone before. A commercial for the Kia Borrego has been nominated for recognition at the 2008 Top Ten Metaphors awards, to be held in December. The Borrego (that’s “lamb” to those who habla español), a new sport utility plebiphor, shares the phosphor stage with the word “metaphor” in [..]

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Thursday, 11 September 2008

In a pig’s eye… Barack bent more than a few ears with his recent use of the plat-popular proverb “You can put lipstick on a pig [not that there's anything wrong with that..], but it’s still a pig”. The wiry newsflashes were arsonistically kindled into printhouse fires, and the chatterbox became an analytical tinderbox. Though [..]

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Thursday, 26 April 2007

Two metaphorists take the ring, only one will take the cake. Due to an unfortunate outbreak of Droopy Drawers Syndrome, the entire staff of the Metaphor Observatory had been on hiatus awaiting improved health. We gave up, and have arrived here, four months later, rested and ready for more – rest that is. During our [..]

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Monday, 15 January 2007

“Troop surge” floods the airwaves. When the Bush bunch folded the “road map to peace” chit, then abandoned the “stay the course” ship, we thought the whole movement-in-space metaphor system might finally find itself buried head-first in the sands of time. Really, the only thing that connects the Iraq war to any form of movement [..]

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Thursday, 28 December 2006

(A brief list of metaphors can be found below) 2006 has offered us a juicy smorgasbord of metaphor that connects us to both past and future, far away lands and seas, and the largest and smallest of things. Coming out of a year of great disaster and controversy, we entered 2006, a relatively sleepy news [..]

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Keywords: Tipping The Scales

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09-12-2011

Obama | The Metaphor Observatory

The 2008 Top Ten Metaphors list was particularly difficult due to the enormous diversity of metaphors used to describe the candidates of the American election and the causes of the financial crisis. The debate was awash with references to Joe The Plumber, tipping the scales of nomination for The Metaphor Observatory’s 2008 Top Ten List of Metaphors.


09-12-2011

2008 | The Metaphor Observatory

The 2008 Top Ten Metaphors list was particularly difficult due to the enormous diversity of metaphors used to describe the candidates of the American election and the causes of the financial crisis. After overdue consideration and numerous recounts, The Metaphor Observatory has reached a reluctant concensus among staff.


09-12-2011

McCain | The Metaphor Observatory

The 2008 Top Ten Metaphors list was particularly difficult due to the enormous diversity of metaphors used to describe the candidates of the American election and the causes of the financial crisis. John accused of spending too much time on the Joe… The last presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama was also the last straw.


09-12-2011

Palin | The Metaphor Observatory

The 2008 Top Ten Metaphors list was particularly difficult due to the enormous diversity of metaphors used to describe the candidates of the American election and the causes of the financial crisis. In a pig’s eye… Barack bent more than a few ears with his recent use of the plat-popular proverb “You can put lipstick on a pig.


09-12-2011

rhetoric | The Metaphor Observatory

We grasp the conceptual links because the pathways in between are well worn: beaten subconsciously into life by familiarity. A bridge too far: Was Sarah Palin’s crosshairs metaphor a political death threat. Archives for the ‘rhetoric’ Category.