We all speak using metaphors. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles. And, as tiny stories, I love metaphors and the way that they show how crazy and funny our language is, and how we are as people.
The University of Glasgow has been working on a Metaphor Map that shows the metaphor links which have been identified between different areas of meaning. These links can be from the Anglo-Saxon period right up to the present day, so the map covers 1300 years of the English language.
It’s fascinating to play with – although as a work in progress, it’s far from complete – but I loved finding the metaphorical links between Fear and Geology (“I’m petrified!”) or Courage and Geology (“He’s got real grit!”) or Anger and Body Parts (“He vented his spleen!”)
So here’s my cast-iron guarantee – there’s hours of fun to be had with this site!