Friday, October 25, 2019

Analogies for Writers

Writers try (or at least they should try) not to use "like" as in "like a bat out of hell."  Or "as" in a comparison.   Here are some examples of good analogies.

"I'd rather listen to a Styrofoam cooler squeaking in the back set of a car for five hours than:  listen to country western; talking on the phone with my mother-in-law."

"Cat nip is the Devil's lettuce."  Pure statement of fact.  Not, "Some consider cat nip as the devil's lettuce."

Sign in a bar window  "Gentlemen - no shirt, no service.  Ladies - no shirt, no charge."  This is not an analogies.  But it is funny.

Red as a beet.   Smelly as a pig sty.  As oily as a three card monte dealer.  (double points two uses.))

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