Metaphors vs Plain Language

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Metaphors Essay
Angelica Encalada
July 20, 2015
Deeadra Albert-Green

Metaphors Essay
The metaphor vs plain language. There are so many thoughts going through your mind can you really explain it in your own words? This is where metaphors come to place. Metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. (Google) Metaphors can help explain something to make it more understanding. For example, my cousin is the black sheep of the family. He really is not black nor is a sheep. A black sheep is an unusual animal that you do not usually see with the herd. My cousin is never around and when he is, he stays behind. He and the black sheep share the same characteristics, therefore, I use the metaphor, and he is the black sheep in the family.
Another type of metaphor is called a conventional metaphor. These types of metaphors are sometimes constructed through our common language. Another example, someone who loves the nightlife would be referred to a ‘night owl’ versus someone who is the first one up in the morning and can take on the day with no coffee would be referred to being an early bird.
Plain language unlike metaphors is clear. The language is designed for the reader to understand complete and clear as possible. Some people refrain from using plain language since it would be out of their comfort zone so they use metaphor to make their statement more understanding. The metaphor allows us not merely to describe one thing in terms of another but to comprehend one thing in terms of another, using information pertaining to a more concrete, embodied domain to understand some component of a more abstract domain. (Liza Freedom Weisberg, 2012) I personally use metaphor over plain language only because I am more comfortable doing so. When I speak, I do not think I am very…...

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