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Metaphors We Live by

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The now-classic "Metaphors We Live By" changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is ... Show synopsis

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  • An exploration of the use of metaphor Nov 14, 2013
    by W T

    Much detail illustrating how metaphores pervade the way we speak. Cliches of course but it is difficult to avoid metaphor even in mathematics.

    Intriguing idea but a bit heavy going.

  • Not what it was advertised to be Aug 14, 2008
    by cbarry

    I've had this book on my reading list for years, and when I finally got it was so disappointed. It is overly theoretical, not applicable to every day language and practice, too far removed from our experience to prove valuable.
    I do group facilitation, teach team building, train technical/digital equipment and other forms of corporate communications. I love those who are talented enough to use metaphor in the vernacular to draw diverse groups of people toward a new way of conceptualizing a topic. I expected this book to reveal some uses and examples and insights into metaphor - it was too hard to relate to and i gave up after hours of trying. Sorry to say. It could be a fascinating subject - in fact, it is. Only not written about here it in the best light/insight. I opened the cover thinking I'd found a gem - I tried to get into it only to realize no amount rubbing compound could make it shine.
    Chris

  • Aug 9, 2007
    by LordoftheChesterfield

    Aristotle identified metaphor as the most crucial figure in the arsenal of the poet. Lakoff and Johnson argue that this can be taken even further: metaphor might be the most crucial figure for all of human understanding! This classic book on linguistics is very accessible, and will immediately find its way into your everyday thinking.

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