I’m thinking that “slow as a glacier” is not such a good metaphor anymore. The glaciers have become a time bomb waiting to go off…or to melt and to drown our cities and in many cases islands and whole countries.
We have lost the immediacy of a lot of metaphors over time. Dead as a doornail. Raise your hand if you’ve seen a doornail recently. Goose-neck lamp. All you city dwellers, when was the last time you saw a goose?
I worry that we’re replacing agricultural or arcane technological language with business-speak: In the pipeline. Coming down the pike. Are you on board with that? Let’s actualize that.
What is your least favorite metaphor?