Archive for Metaphors

War metaphors and football

“In a little-discussed shift in recent years, the NFL has moved away from depicting its games in military terms.” Article is from 2009; not sure whether the NFL has shifted back since then. See also my post from a few years ago about violent metaphors.


“Overhead he heard the tiny, unlubricated sound of a bat.” —Theodore Sturgeon, “Excalibur and the Atom,” 1951. Reading these old Sturgeon stories is reminding me that prose can unashamedly use...

laser sharp

A few months ago, I encountered a news article that referred to “laser-sharp focus.” I was amused by what I thought was a recombinant idiom, but then when I Googled...