January 22, 2019
metaphor (noun)
\MET-uh-for\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase meaning one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a similarity between them
How do you use it?
In his poem "The Highwayman," Alfred Noyes uses a metaphor when he writes, "The road was a ribbon of moonlight, over the purple moor."
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these sentences do you think contains a metaphor?

Sentence C is the diamond among these answer gems. In sentence A, the presence of the word "as" marks it as a figure of speech called a "simile," in which two things are compared by means of the words "like" or "as." Sentence B is an example of "hyperbole," or a wild exaggeration that's used to emphasize a point. In sentence D, you not only get "alliteration," which is the repetition of a sound at the beginning of two or more neighboring words, but we also throw in "onomatopoeia" as a bonus. That's the naming of a thing or action by imitation of natural sounds, such as "buzz" and "babble."
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