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CHAPTER 24

Metaphors and analogies

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a metaphor is worth a thousand pictures.

GEORGE LAKOFF AND MARK JOHNSON, Metaphors We Live By

WHEN MY 10-YEAR-OLD SON, Matthew, came home from his first day of fifth grade, he announced, “I’m going to learn to play the euphonium!”

“That’s great!” I said with the genuine excitement of a proud parent. Then I sheepishly added, “Uh, what’s a euphonium?”

Very matter-of-factly, he responded, “It’s like a small tuba that makes higher notes.”

All I had left to say was, “Well I can’t wait to hear you play!” I had no further questions about the instrument. Despite never having heard of a euphonium, I now knew exactly what it looked like, how it worked, how he ...

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