Comparisons and Similes
Comparisons and similes are expressions that compare or relate two terms or objects. Similes make use of comparative words such as like, than, as, so, etc. Both similes and comparisons are literary devices used to conjure up a vivid mental picture. Listed below are some of my favorite comparisons. Share some of your favorites with me at [email protected] and I will add them to the list, with an acknowledgment of you as the contributor.
- . . . as consistent as the lunar tides. . .
- . . . as cool as the under side of a pillow. . .
- . . . as dark as a stack of black cats. . . (Hugh B. Brown)
- . . . as dark as the tombs of Egypt. . . .
- . . . as flimsy as a lace kerchief. . . .
- . . . as happy as a clam in salt water. . . .
- . . . as mirthless as the smile of the Sphinx. . . . (Jack London)
- . . . as sharp as a crow’s eye. . . .
- . . . as tight as Ebenezer Scrooge’s purse strings. . . .
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Every year English teachers from across the country submit actual analogies and metaphors found in high school student essays, which are published for the amusement of educators nationwide. The following collection was found on ‘mentalfloss.com’, compiled by David Israel. Here are some of the winners. . .
- His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
- He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
- She grew on him like she was a colony of E.coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
- Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
- She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
- Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
- He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.
- The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.
- The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.
- McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.
- From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
- Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
- The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
- Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
- They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Halle Berry’s teeth.
- John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
- He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.
- Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.
- Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
- The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
- The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.
- He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
- The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
- It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.
- He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.