1. CGB

    CGB Active Member

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    Is this a metaphor or similie?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by CGB, Dec 13, 2016.

    "An odd lightheadedness came over her, like pages riffling in a huge book in her mind."

    I wanted to tell the author of this sentence that I don't quite understand the metaphor, but then I realized I don't know if its a metaphor or a similie or an analogy or a whatchamacallit
     
  2. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    You could argue that lightheadedness might be a metaphor - her head doesn't actually get any lighter, and in my experience heads don't feel particularly light when I'm dizzy/confused... but the pages riffling part is a simile - the word "like" is the indicator.
     
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    Wreybies Thrice Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Yep. Simile.
     
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    big soft moose The Moderating Moose Staff Supporter Contributor Community Volunteer

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    Bob ate like a pig ... simile

    Bob was a pig ... metaphor (unless Bob is actually a pig)
     
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    What about "Bob's piggish eating habits"? I'm inclined to call it a simile, but I'm not sure.
     
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    Yeah I am pretty certain you're right. That's a similie. As far as I know, a similie is basically when you are using figurative speech to make comparisons, usually with the words "as" or "like" as a connector for example. Metaphor is to say that something is literally something else... even though is technically isn't. So the metaphor version of what you said would be Bob was a pig with his eating habits.
     
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    @ChickenFreak

    This is neither a Simile nor is this a Metaphor, it is a Hyperbole. A Hyperbole is a figure of speech that exaggerates something, creates a strong impression. (The strong impression is his eating habits.)
     
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