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Top Ten Metaphors of 2008

2008 was an 11. After overdue consideration and numerous recounts, The Metaphor Observatory has reached a reluctant concensus among staff. The 2008 Top Ten Metaphors list was particularly difficult due to the enormous diversity of metaphors used to describe the candidates of the American election and the causes of the financial crisis. While the crisis [...]

Barack Obama Shares Digs With Homer Simpson

A conceptual sand trap… “…it is not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the hole we are in.” Barack Obama “We’ll dig our way out!” Homer Simpson Our economy is a hole that covers us. Metaphors Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit [...]

Campaign ’08: A Ben Hur Redux.

They’re off. It’s on. But is it a race or is it a battle? On this, the last day before the election (whew!), we take pause to recall the long babblefest that has slopped our airwaves, headlines and carpools. Who can forget the defiant 2006 Time magazine cover “…The Next President”? [1]; the rebelious maturing [...]

Joe The Plumber Gets (Ob)Served

John accused of spending too much time on the Joe… The last presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama was also the last straw. The debate was awash with references to Joe The Plumber, tipping the scales of nomination for The Metaphor Observatory’s 2008 Top Ten List of Metaphors. We can only take so [...]

PIGmalion: A Pork Opera

In a pig’s eye… Barack bent more than a few ears with his recent use of the plat-popular proverb “You can put lipstick on a pig [not that there's anything wrong with that....], but it’s still a pig”. The wiry newsflashes were arsonistically kindled into printhouse fires, and the chatterbox became an analytical tinderbox. Though [...]

The Tragic Romance of Barack and Hillary

Platforms afire! Obama gets over the Hill, goes with Joe. We saw it coming like a steamrolling train wreck. The early rhetoric, the matchmaking press and years of programming in the media. We could’ve simply pointed out that Barack and Hillary could somehow go by first name in the block-letter last-name world of campaign signery. [...]

Selecting An Alpha Candidate: Our Primitive Primaries

Candidates butt heads…The advantage of having dictators is that you can obey them without ever having to listen to them. That is, a dictator’s voice is heard as “do as I say”, not “listen to what I say”. A sublty not lost on Observers, who are being swamped with electoral rhetoric gone overboard. During the [...]