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The Lost Art of the Great Speech: How to Write It * How to Deliver It by Richard Dowis

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Similes tell it ''like'' it is

A simile is the comparison of one thing to another, usually something of an entirely different category—in other words, a figurative comparison. For example, ''Honesty is like pregnancy; either you is or you ain't'' or ''My love is like a red, red rose.'' A simile almost always uses the word like. But a simple comparison does not make a simile. If you said that the Kennedy tax cuts of the 1960s were like the Reagan tax cuts of the 1980s, that would not be a simile.

To be effective, a simile must strike a responsive chord in the audience or make a point relevant to the subject. The honestypregnancy comparison is humorous, if a bit gray-bearded, but it does make a point: You cannot be ''a little bit honest'' any more ...

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