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What Is A Metaphor?

A metaphor is definedas a figure of speech, or something that we use to replace"normal" words in order to help others understand or enjoy ourmessage. For example, we use the phrase "a blanket of snow" todescribe a snowfall that covers the ground evenly, as if the snow were a fabric.The popular software "Windows" is named for the rectangular units thatshow information in much the same way as the windows on our houses allow us tolook outside in different directions and see different things. When you see aword that substitutes the real word one would use, it"s probably a metaphor.

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Aftertime, a metaphor gets used so often that it is no longer treated figuratively.When this happens, we call it a "dead metaphor". One can always debatewhether a metaphor is "living" or "dead" because there"ssomething very special - very personal about the metaphor. You see, aliving metaphor reaches into some other part of our personal understanding in order to work: if we mustform a "conceptual bridge" to get the meaning of the metaphor, thenit is still quite alive, if only to ourself.

When learning English for the first time, a student may have trouble knowingthat "blanket" is a dying metaphor for "layer". In NorthAmerica, we"ve heard this phrase so often that the phrases "layer ofsnow" and "blanket of snow" are interchangeable. Meanwhile, inMexico, where snow may never fall, one might need an explanation of what"snow" is in order to recognize that "blanket" is being usedfiguratively - a metaphor. Like a blanket of snow, a "coat" of paintis also a layer - and a metaphor - so close in their figurative usage that itcomes as no surprise that a real-life blanket can be worn like a coat. One language, dialect, region or jargon may accept ametaphor sooner than another, so that the same metaphor may be living in oneplace while stone dead in another. Untold thousands of metaphors are quietlysynonymous with others in the same or other languages.

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Itis the belief of this website and its author that the metaphor not only revealsmuch about the workings of the mind, but also of the workings of the universe.That we, being creatures of this universe, and bound by its rules (the UnifiedTheory), not only serve these rules but reflect them in the very way we think.The uncannily universal relationships we draw - the metaphors - revealing onepiece of the greater universal truth. This website is of the firm belief thatour minds bear the signature of creation.

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This website is dedicated to the proposal that the metaphorical relationships drawn between any two disciplines are, in fact, universal, being isomorphic mathematical derivations of thecomponents of the Unified Field Theory. Further, that the symmetryof metaphor is extendible both linearly and laterally,allowing us to mathematically predict missing knowledge and invention in all other disciplines: an interdisciplinary Rosetta stone of universal scope. A book describing this process is in the works...

"The metaphor reminds us that the universe is full of cousins." - J.D. Casnig

Casnig, John D. 1997-2013.A Language of Metaphors. Kingston, Ontario, Canada: beer-selection.com