Analogies that will make you reach out for an Analgin!

Analogies are fun to read, and fun to write too if you can unshackle your imagination to weave out a really vivid one. They can, in just a few well chosen words, express a situation more accurately than long streams of sentences. No wonder than that writers often try and raise the picture or express their meanings by way of well thought out analogies.

Well, the following analogies that I found floating on the web are very expressive too, in their own way, I mean. I loved them so much I decided to cherish them forever. No, not to seek inspiration in future, but to know what to avoid 🙂

So here they are:

  • He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it. 
  • She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from screen doors and would fly up whenever you banged the door open again.
  • The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.
  • McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty Bag filled with vegetable soup.
  • From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and “Jeopardy” comes on at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30. 
  • Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze. 
  • Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center.
  • Bob was as perplexed as a hacker who means to access T:flw.quid55328.comaaakk/ch@ung but gets T:flw.quidaaakk/ch@ung by mistake.
  • Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
  • He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.
  • The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
  • Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life was a movie this guy would be buried in the credits as something like “Second Tall Man.” (actually, I like this one :P)
  • Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
  • The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr. on a Dr Pepper can.
  • They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan’s teeth. 
  • John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met. 
  • The thunder was ominous-sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play. 
  • His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free
These were, I think, collected from test papers of students in America. Do let me know which one you liked best. 

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2 thoughts on “Analogies that will make you reach out for an Analgin!”

  1. These are really good! I loved the humming birds the most. That one is simple yet gets the meaning across wonderfully. The storm scene is another beauty. 😀
    This is what I call thinking out of the box. 😀

    1. Thanks, Deboshree. Finding such gems is one of the joys that internet brings 🙂

      Thanks also for the review you gave to my book Dream’s Sake. You showed me what worked and and what didn’t work quite well in the book. This is turning out to be a great learning experience. I’m sure it would help me write better next time. And sure I’d send you the copy for review, and even a preview, if you’d agree to it 🙂

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