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"Words, words, words -- I'm so sick of words," a famous theatrical character (Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady) once said. But words are what make the world go 'round, as Eliza discovered. Written and spoken words are the way we humans communicate. So the more you learn about words, and the more words you learn, the better.
Points out a conceptual similarity between two things. A simile equates two different THINGS. "His love for her IS LIKE the fires of Centralia" (simile) Here's another example, just for extra clarity [note 1] : "Learning IS LIKE rowing upstream."
Printer-friendly version Take a tip from Einstein. In one of his famous papers published in 1905 when he was 25 years old, “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies,” he completely transformed our understanding of physical laws and introduced his theory of relativity. In order to do this, he first proposed that the laws of physics are absolute, then he made both time and distance relative. Equations aside, to help us accept what was then an unthinkably brash concept, he wrote about how we merely understand time as a condition of simultaneity: We have to take into account that all our judgments in which time plays a part are always judgments of simultaneous events.
Metaphor is a literary term that encompasses the many ways in which you can compare the traits of two things. The qualities of one thing (such as an ocean) are linked to another thing (such as a woman’s eyes). This can occur in many ways. Her eyes are like an ocean Her eyes are as pretty as an ocean Her eyes are an ocean She has oceanic eyes The first two of these examples, “Her eyes are like an ocean” and “Her eyes are as pretty as an ocean” are a common form of metaphor called a simile . A simile is when one thing is said to be like another or as another.