The Beating Heart of Language: James Geary on How Metaphor Shapes our World

“Metaphor is a way of thought long before it is a way with words.” All around us, there are remnants of the frenzied work of the oft-hidden metaphor, a diet staple of fiction writers. Metaphor is something that lends itself to another, possibly the most hard-working words we have. And it’s time to see them as something other than words, argues writer James Geary (1962–) in his book I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World. Geary estimates we use a metaphor for every ten to twenty-five words. “Even the simplest, most [...] Continue reading


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