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A metaphor is a figure of speech that, for rhetorical effect, directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. It may provide clarity or identify hidden similarities between two ideas. Metaphors are often compared with other types of figurative language, such as antithesis, hyperbole, metonymy and simile. One of the most commonly cited examples of a metaphor in English literature comes from the "All the worlds a stage" monologue from As You Like It: This quotation expresses a metaphor because the world is not literally a stage. By asserting that the world is a stage, Shakespeare uses po ...

Aesopian language

Aesopian language is communications that convey an innocent meaning to outsiders but hold a concealed meaning to informed members of a conspiracy or underground movement. For instance, if Person X is known for exposing secrets in an organization, the organization leaders announce that "any members who have dirty talking habits will be dealt with" to warn Person X. It refers to the ancient Greek fabulist Aesop. The term "Aesopian language" was first used by the nineteenth-century Russian writer Mikhail Saltykov-Schedrin to describe the writing technique he began using late in his career, wh ...

Apollo archetype

The Apollo archetype personifies the aspect of the personality that wants clear definitions, is drawn to master a skill, values order and harmony, and prefers to look at the surface, as opposed to beneath appearances. The Apollo archetype favors thinking over feeling, distance over closeness, objective assessment over subjective intuition.


Betamax is a consumer-level analog-recording and cassette format of magnetic tape for video. It was developed by Sony and was released in Japan on May 10, 1975. The first Betamax device introduced in the United States was the LV-1901 console, which included a 19-inch color monitor, and appeared in stores in early November 1975. The cassettes contain 0.50-inch-wide videotape in a design similar to that of the earlier, professional 0.75-inch-wide, U-matic format. Betamax is obsolete, having lost the videotape format war to VHS. Despite this, Betamax recorders would not be discontinued until ...


In Hinduism and Buddhism, the Sanskrit term Bīja, literally seed, is used as a metaphor for the origin or cause of things and cognate with bindu.


In general, bootstrapping usually refers to a self-starting process that is supposed to proceed without external input. In computer technology the term usually refers to the process of loading the basic software into the memory of a computer after power-on or general reset, especially the operating system which will then take care of loading other software as needed. A more practical and common interpretation is that the phrase infers that when a person wants to succeed, the first thing they need to do before hard work, is to put on their boots. In this sense, the phrase makes perfect sens ...


ⓘ Metaphors

  • a life to a journey. Metaphors can be implied and extended throughout pieces of literature. Sonja K. Foss characterizes metaphors as nonliteral comparisons
  • How to Find Good Metaphors In Proceedings of CHI 94. Boston, April 1994. The Use of Metaphors in Iconic Interface Design Do Metaphors Make Web Browsers
  • we engage in critique of metaphors or employ metaphors for comedic effect? Major criticisms of work done on conceptual metaphor stem from the way many researchers
  • village squares are all examples of metaphors that have been used in discussions of the Internet. Over time these metaphors have become embedded in cultural
  • A list of metaphors in the English language organised by type. A metaphor is a literary figure of speech that uses an image, story or tangible thing to
  • The New Testament uses a number of military metaphors in discussing Christianity, especially in the Pauline epistles. In Philippians 2: 25 and Philemon
  • has also served as the context for metaphors about sexual roles and identity. Among the most commonly used metaphors is the progress of a batter and base - runner
  • compared subjects. Another way to think of extended metaphors is in terms of implications of a base metaphor These implications are repeatedly emphasized
  • This is a list of common political metaphors eminence grise: literally, grey man, from French. Colloquially, the power - behind - the - throne. An official
  • disease metaphors cause patients to feel as if society is against them. Her final argument is that metaphors are not useful for patients, since metaphors make