Popular Metaphors for Love – How People Talk About Love

It’s in English class that most Americans learn about metaphors — and yet metaphoric language abounds in our daily life. Just think of the word crush: That’s a metaphor to describe the overwhelming, crushing sensation we feel when we really, really (no I mean really) like a person. Even email is a metaphor: It’s comparing the digital communications that come into our “inbox” on the screen to the envelopes delivered to our homes every day by the postal service.

Thinking of just how many metaphors we use on a daily basis can be pretty fun — if you’re slightly geeky like me, anyway. Or if you’re slightly geeky like James Geary, the author of a new book called, I is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World.

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