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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

English 101

I posted this photo today before I realized I had left my face as clean as a ...what is a good analogy for "clean"?  I went into that sentence with "as a baby's bum" on my mind, but you can see why I hesitate.  The posting was to celebrate the excellent work my cousin Joan did on making me a rainbow bracelet to replace the plasticky rainbow band I had which is making my skin somewhat scratchy, like the last scritch of a mosquito bite.  Now, there's an analogy.

I used to be really good at finding analogies, but since the initial word I'm looking for sometimes evades me, I don't try as hard as I used to to, which is good because I just looked up "analogy" and find I was using the wrong word for the thing I was trying to explain:
noun: analogy; plural noun: analogies
  1. a comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification.
    "an analogy between the workings of nature and those of human societies"
    • a correspondence or partial similarity.
      "the syndrome is called deep dysgraphia because of its analogy to deep dyslexia"
    • a thing that is comparable to something else in significant respects.
      "works of art were seen as an analogy for works of nature"
    • Logic
      a process of arguing from similarity in known respects to similarity in other respects

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