I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like: A Comprehensive Compilation of History's Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes [NOOK Book]

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The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.

America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.

Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart.

Describing something by relating it to another thing is the essence of metaphorical thought. It is one of the oldest activities of humankind—and one of the most impressive when done ...

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I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like: A Comprehensive Compilation of History's Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes

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Overview

The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.

America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.

Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart.

Describing something by relating it to another thing is the essence of metaphorical thought. It is one of the oldest activities of humankind—and one of the most impressive when done skillfully. Throughout history, many masters of metaphor have crafted observations that are so spectacular they have taken up a permanent residence in our minds.

In I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like, quotation maven Dr. Mardy Grothe fixes his attention on the three superstars of figurative language—analogies, metaphors, and similes. The result is an extraordinary compilation of nearly 2,000 feats of association that will entertain, educate, and occasionally inspire quotation lovers everywhere.

In this intellectual smorgasbord, the author of Oxymoronica and Viva la Repartee explains figurative language in a refreshingly down-to-earth way before taking readers on a tour of history's greatest word pictures. In chapters on wit, love, sex, stage and screen, insults, politics, sports, and more, you will find quotations from Aristotle and Maya Angelou to George Washington and Oprah Winfrey.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061982934
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 565,243
  • File size: 651 KB

Meet the Author

Dr. Mardy Grothe is a psychologist, management consultant, and public speaker. He is the author of five previous word-and-language books: I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like, Viva la Repartee, Oxymoronica, Ifferisms, and Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You. A lifelong quotation collector, Dr. Mardy—as he is known to his fans around the globe—is routinely described as a "quotation maven" and is well on his way to becoming America's most popular quotation anthologist. He lives with his wife, Katherine Robinson, in North Carolina.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
An Ice-Axe for the Frozen Sea Within (Life-Altering Metaphors)     21
Reserved Seats at a Banquet of Consequences (The Human Condition)     40
Humor Is the Shock Absorber of Life (Wit & Humor)     60
The Lights May Be on, but Nobody's Home (Insults & Criticism)     79
Enclosing Wild Ideas Within a Wall of Words (Definitive Metaphors)     100
Life Is the Art of Drawing Without an Eraser (Life)     117
A Relationship Is Like a Shark (Relationships)     138
Love Is an Exploding Cigar We Willingly Smoke (Love)     157
Marriage Is a Souvenir of Love (Marriage, Home & Family Life)     179
Sex Is an Emotion in Motion (Sex)     200
Old & Young, We Are All on Our Last Cruise (Ages & Stages of Life)     218
An Actor Is a God in Captivity (Stage & Screen)     236
Washington, D.C., Is to Lying What Wisconsin Is to Cheese (Politics)     254
Sports Is the Toy Department of Life (Sports)     274
Writing Is the Manual Labor of the Mind (The Literary Life)     292
Acknowledgments     315
Index     317
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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    A Good Use of Limited Time

    This book, like Dr. Grothe's other books, is probably best read in brief sittings. Just a sampling of a page or two will give you plenty to chuckle and think about. I would recommend this book to any person caring for witty observations & truisms.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    A Fun, Pointed Read

    The author's compilation of metaphors, analogies, and similies is an entertaining book, though pointedly (and often comically) editorialized. The author's choice of quotations, especially on the topic of marriage reveal either his sardonic -- or perhaps more likely -- his tongue-in-cheek framing of the sub-topics he covers.<BR/><BR/>Often, in place of judging the gravity of a particular analogy, simile, or metaphor, the author seemingly elevates the humorous. <BR/><BR/>Even though the selected rhetorical devices can sometimes seem one-sided when aggregated, and are by no means as comprehensive as the title claims, a reader will likely pick the book up, enjoy it briefly, and come back for more time and again.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

    Excellent for introduction to the most prevalent figure of speech of literature.

    "I Never Metaphor I didn't Like," is an excellent introduction to the most important figure of speech in poetry and prose. The lack of understanding the nature metaphorical terminology in different genre of literature has resulted in a great deal of misinterpretation; especially, literalist interpretation. There is no area where this is as true as in biblical studies. Without a good grasp of how this figure of speech is used, one is without one of the most critical tools of interpretation. This work is a good introduction to the world of the metaphor. Maurice W. Lusk, III

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