Literary Lingo

It’s time for some Literary Lingo.

Today’s word is: Simile

A common figure of speech that makes an explicit comparison between two things by using words such as like, as, than, appears, and seems: “A sip of Mrs. Cook’s coffee is like a punch in the stomach.” The effectiveness of this simile is created by the differences between the two things compared. There would be no simile if the comparison were stated this way: “Mrs. Cook’s coffee is as strong as the cafeteria’s coffee.” This is a literal translation because Mrs. Cook’s coffee is compared with something like it—another kind of coffee.

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