ANALOGIES…THEY REALLY WORK
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ANALOGIES...THEY REALLY WORK
By Lou Goldstein
Let’s first define what an analogy is.
"Analogies prove nothing, that is true" wrote Sigmund Freud, "but they can make one feel more at home."
An analogy is a "bright idea" that compares two different things with each other in order to bring about some similarity to help clarify an issue or situation.
To be effective, an analogy must“clear up” something that might be confusing or complex. You do this by creating an imaginative and visual picture. (KISS IT). “Keep it simple stupid.”
An analogy should be short in size and to the point. A long drawn out analogy tends to get boring and will lose its effectiveness.
Here are examples of some well known and often repeated analogies:
“Her face was shaped like an oval…Like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a vise.”
“His thoughts tumbled in his head, constantly changing his mind…like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.”
“He was as tall...as a six-foot three inch tree.”
“He jumped from the building and fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement…like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.” (Gross and Graphic…but very visual)
“The hailstones leaped from the pavement…just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.” (Another graphic example…but you get the picture)
“John and Mary had never met…They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.” (This one is kind of dumb, but I think it’s cute.)
“ He fell for her… like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.”
“The ballerina rose gracefully and extended one slender leg behind her…like a dog at a fire hydrant.” (Visual enough?)
“He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells…as if she were a garbage truck backing up.”
“The lamp just sat there...like an inanimate object.”
“She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs.” (That means she had 2 legs)
“It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall.” (I can actually feel the pain, can’t you?)
“The sardines were packed as tight as the coach section of a 747.”
“The sunset displayed rich spectacular hues…like a jpeg file at 20%cyan, 10% magenta, 60% yellow and 10% black.” (THIS IS A TERRIBLE ANALOGY BECAUSE IT CONFUSES YOU. SEE THE DIFFERENCE?)
“Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center.”
“Losing is like fertilizer…it stinks for awhile then you get used to it.”
“She danced with the grace and elegance of a pregnant cow.” (Once again...very visual)
“The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon.” (I now know how red it was)
“She was sending me more mixed signals... than a dyslexic third base coach.” (For some reason I found this one to be funny. But, as I’ve said before…I’m weird)
“I felt used and unwanted…like the two chocolate halves of an Oreo cookie after someone has already licked the cream out of the middle.” (Now that’s used and unwanted)
“His fountain pen was so expensive ... it looked as if someone had taken the pope, turned him upside down and started writing with the tip of his big pointy hat.” (OK, it is in bad taste…but we have already determined that almost anything can be funny if done in an acceptable manner. The determination is in your mind. If you laughed it was acceptable. If you hate me…you have no sense of humor…but that’s just my opinion and we can talk about it.)
Those were just some examples. The best analogies are the ones that come to your mind in a spontaneous way when you are trying to explain something. If you can interject a personal experience of your own that would be great.
“I really felt uncomfortable.It reminded me of the time I accidentally pooped my pants.” (Now this will certainly make people understand how uncomfortable you were…but you might have trouble finding people to ride in a car with you.)
“I was confused with the instructions. It was like the first time I tried to build a chest of drawers using the instructions that came in the package.” (We’ve all been there before)
“It really hurt…like the time I hit my thumb with a hammer trying to hang a picture.” (Ouch)
The point is…analogies work. I use them all the time. They will work for you also...so start using them.
See you next time,