HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

February 25, 2008
Chuckle of the Week

Analogies and Metaphors - Part One


Every year, English teachers from across the USA can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year's winners:

  • Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

  • His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

  • He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

  • She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.

  • She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

  • Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

  • He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

  • The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.

  • The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.

  • McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.

  • From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. Instead of 7:30.

  • Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

  • The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.


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