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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

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

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Saturday, 23 August 2008

Platforms afire! Obama gets over the Hill, goes with Joe. We saw it coming like a steamrolling train wreck. The early rhetoric, the matchmaking press and years of programming in the media. We could’ve simply pointed out that Barack and Hillary could somehow go by first name in the block-letter last-name world of campaign signery. [..]

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Saturday, 11 November 2006

The tsunami metaphor is conceived, born and labored. Rarely do we witness the conception, gestation and birth of a metaphor. Usually a metaphor slides into being, the product of say, poetry, witticism or observation. We grasp the conceptual links because the pathways in between are well worn: beaten subconsciously into life by familiarity; beaten to [..]

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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

metaphor | The Metaphor Observatory

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. 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.


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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.