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SPeak Performance by Jim Walz

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Chapter 10

Ligering: Combining and Creating New Metaphors

The World is a Vampire.

—Smashing Pumpkins, “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”

Sometimes one metaphor is incapable of adequately providing all the elements needed to be effective. In this instance you can consider combining two metaphors. One of the funniest combinations that I had ever heard came from the movie, Napoleon Dynamite. Napoleon, a clumsy, nerdy, high school student, is quite an artist (snicker), and in one scene he is sitting on the steps of his high school sketching something. His girlfriend steps out of the doors of the school and takes a couple of steps down and sits behind and to the right of Napoleon. She asks him what he is drawing? He responds, “A liger, pretty much my favorite ...

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