Writing Topics: metaphors

Euro lifeboats and other metaphors

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The European Commission has just inaugurated the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), which is basically a large pot of money meant for keeping struggling Eurozone members afloat in tricky times. The President of the Commission, José Manuel Barroso, was speaking at a maritime conference, so he decided to use a fitting metaphor to describe the ESM. […]

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Animal metaphors

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I am indebted to my friend the author Adam Jacot for some animal metaphors that have surfaced in management circles. You may be familiar with “boiled frog syndrome”, “lipstick on a pig” and “elephant in the room”, for which “moose on the table” seems to be an alternative, presumably among Canadians. But unless you are […]

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Poetry anyone?

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I went to a poetry evening last week, organised (rather improbably, you might think) by the International Visual Communications Association. Actually, it was the scriptwriters who organised it, and a very good idea it was too. Poetry reminds us how words affect us in so many different ways. It might be the aptness of associations, […]

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