Thinking about Metaphors and Culture: Blog for 11/12/15

First of all, it is difficult for me to believe that metaphors said by foreigners can be analyzed in a way to find world views of certain cultures. I think bringing up the “What if your language of birth is naturally replete with violent metaphors?” is important because it points out that this method is truly not a secure one. I can definitely understand the difference between a neutral and violent metaphor can make, however not all violent speakers should be categorized as suspicious simply by the manner they express themselves. It is true some people are just violent by nature, not to mention that a handful of metaphors translate to sound something they truly are not. Such as the saying “it’s raining cats and dogs” and “am I talking to a brick wall?” These metaphors directly say things that they don’t literally mean. Saying that it’s raining cats and dogs just means it is raining heavily. Asking someone if you’re talking to a brick wall is a response to let the other person acknowledge that you know they aren’t listening by comparing it to speaking to a wall. I’d say these metaphors would be considered cultural in the U.S. because they are hyperboles. I think that they show our tendencies as Americans to exaggerate or put a strong emphasis on things.

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