Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Figurative Lang and Decimals

Simile Examples from
As black as pitch
As blind as a bat
As blind as a mole
As bold as brass
As brave as a lion
As bright as a button
As bright as a new pin
As bright as day
As bright as the sun
As busy as a beaver
As busy as a bee
As busy as a cat on a hot tin roof
As calm as a millpond
As clear as a bell
As clean as a hound's tooth
As clean as a whistle
As clear as crystal
As clear as mud
As cold as ice
As common as dirt
As cool as a cucumber
Metaphor Examples:
I'm Heartbroken
The pidgeons fountained into the air
His hair was bone white
He tried to help but his legs were rubber
It's raining men
Kicked the bucket

Idioms from

A chip on your shoulder

This is a grudge for a previous experience. It can apply to people, or subjects.

He"s got a real chip on his shoulder about the industry retirement schemes.

Actions speak louder than words

Not passive, active expression of deeds based on opinion or situation. Often relates to a response to debate or indecision.

Actions do speak louder than words. He just went and did that.

A dime a dozen

Common, cheap, substandard. The value is the idiom, which is usually derogatory, reducing the perceived value of something or someone.

People like that are a dime a dozen, always trying to sell you something.

A doubting Thomas

Derived from the New Testament, refers to the Apostle Thomas, famous for asking questions and needing explanations to be convinced.

A true doubting Thomas, he insisted on seeing some proof of the whole idea.

A drop in the ocean

A very small part of something. The statement is used to put things into a perspective, generally as a proportionate statement.

Their revenue is a drop in the ocean, compared to the debts.

A fair-weather friend

A person who"s a friend during the good times, but not the hard times.

Talk about fair-weather friend, I mentioned my problems with my phone bill and he disappeared for six months.

A fool and his money are soon parted

This idiom is basically a truism. It means stupidity costs money. Like many idioms, the subject of the idiom is sometimes contracted. If you use the phrase A fool and his money, the rest of it is redundant, or can be used in context.

A fool and his money� that was a dumb investment, and it did part him from his money.

A friend in need is a friend indeed

A friend who"s around when you need them is a real friend. In some cases idioms are reshaped into the sentence structure:

That was a friend indeed, and was around when he was needed.

A herd of elephants

Noisy, unsubtle, obvious. Something which is impossible to overlook

Personification Examples from
  • The camera loves me.
  • Opportunity knocked on the door.
  • The sun greeted me this morning.
  • Snow had wrapped a white blanket over the city.
  • Time never waits for anyone.
  • Trees were dancing with the wind.
  • Sun was playing hide and seek, amidst the clouds.
  • The moon seemed to smile at me from the sky.
  • The sky was full of dancing stars.
  • The flowers begged for water.
Hyperbole Examples: from
  • He's 900 years old.
  • I am so hungry I could eat a horse.
  • There are millions of other things to do.
  • You're always doing that.
  • I waited in line for centuries.
  • I've told you a million times don't exaggerate.
  • I had to walk fifteen miles uphill both ways, in snow five feet deep.
  • I have a million things to do today.
  • I could eat a horse.
  • The whole world was staring at me.
  • I had a ton of homework.
  • His teeth were blinding white.
  • My car is a million years old.
  • I told you a thousand times!
  • Maybe I'll do it in a million years.
  • I was so embarrassed, I thought I might die.
  • I am so tired I could sleep for a year.
  • He is as skinny as a toothpick.

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