This 34th collection of students’ pearls of wisdom, laboriously digitised from hand-
Find two examples of metaphorical use of language in this (adapted) newspaper headline, and explain why each of them is metaphorical:
Airlines turn corner: leaving SARS gloom behind, carriers see a clear rise in travel.
The word gloom is the act of feeling gloomy. It is a metaphor meaning something gloomy.
The illness is fading away rather than actually glooming. They cannot ‘gloom behind’.
‘turn corner’ is the image that a plane flew off leaving a puff of air behind, leaving gloom behind.
It’s metaphor because airlines are morphological constructs. The noun ‘airlines’ cannot physically turn a corner. ‘a clear rise’ shows the metaphorical between the source word ‘travel’.
‘turn corner’ is an expression that describes one thing, here. It’s metaphorical because airlines do not turn corners but airplanes do. It’s figurative, it does not mean to literary turn. If ‘clear rise’, the expression, breaks up, it would mean the rise can be seen through.
During SARS, people were very fearful and the term gloom. The word ‘rise’ shows characteristics in meaning.
The metaphor evokes similar fillings. It is a metaphor because airlines cannot see.
If the airlines turn cover, it means they are no longer hiding in fear, like when you hide under a cover in fear. This is metaphoric, they are recovering.
‘airline’ is a word which cannot literally turn. It is a building or place. ‘Leaving behind’ depicts that the action can be justified.
Travel cannot rise without the aid of metaphor. ‘clear’ means ‘not guilty’, which is extended.
Leaving SARS gloom behind. The actual meaning is we are getting rid of SARS, but we must put it in a nice way.
The word ‘see’ is used metaphorically to show the rise in carriers. ‘clear’ is also a metaphor, the carriers can now see a clearer view out of the window.
Airlines turn corner. It is culture bound. ‘gloom’ is personified as a person.
‘airlines’ can mean plane companies or airlines as in the air that people breathe literary.
Carriers are described as humans where it is described as if it really is what it resembles.
This is the increased statistical value of travellers in the sentence. They are personified, capable of living actions.
The metaphorical bond between the source word and the metaphorical word may fade and eventually lost in time, meaning that the increase in the number of people travelling will soon drop. The bond will soon disappear and past.
Gloom is used to describe the man getting married. But in this case, it is used to mean the important issue.
‘carriers’ means the victims of SARS, the normal meaning of plastic bags.
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