The Metaphor Observatory
Welcome to the Metaphor Observatory, a
site that examines contemporary metaphor in the media, written for those who
love language. We're in the long process of rebuilding our site, so please be patient
and ignore the temporarily unformatted form of our pages. In the meantime, enjoy
these many articles we've published over the years and keep checking in to see
The home page of the Observatory is here: http://metaphorobservatory.com
Recently seen at the Observatory, starting with
- Sarah Palin's Crosshairs Metaphor: A bridge too far?
Ten Metaphors of 2008: 2008 was an 11.
Rats!: The rat metaphor gets dissected. Ew!
- Barack Obama Shares Digs With Homer Simpson:
A conceptual sand trap...
- CNN's Hologram: A Metaphor for a Hopeful Future:
Change your calendars - tomorrow is here.
Global Financial Crisis Collection: A few examples.
'08: A Ben Hur Redux: They're off. It's on. But is it a race or is it a
Axes Staff Then Dumps Bodies: "My rhetoric was framed", claims slasher...
Crisis Solved - Inject Capital Into Credit Addicts: Building a
bigger, better hole.
The Plumber Gets (Ob)served: John accused of spending too much time
on the Joe.
Metaphors Surge - Our Cup Overloadeth: Observation circuits go loopy.
Blame: Economic woes blamed on outsourced metaphors.
In Financial Crisis: Metaphor just another victim of the crisis.
- You Got (Ob)served!: Borrego boldly goes where no 'phor has gone
A Pork Opera: In a pig's eye!
Tragic Romance of Barack and Hillary: Alas!...and a lad...asunder!
- Selecting An Alpha Candidate: Our Primitive Primaries:
Candidates butt heads...
- Boxing Metaphors Take A Dive:
Put up your dukes and vote!
Ten Metaphors of 2007: A Titanic year for metaphor!
"The Penn" Mightier Than "The Word"?:
Two metaphorists take the ring, only one will take the cake.
Surge- A 'Rise' By Any Other Name : "Troop
surge" floods the airwaves.
Ten Metaphors of 2006 - Lists the most popular
metaphors in the media in 2006.
A Tsunami: The tsunami metaphor is conceived, born
- White House Abandons Ship:
"Stay the course" slogan written off after being run into the ground.
Jong-il: An Ass To Be Reckoned With:
Pin the idiom on the donkey.
Fallout's Long Half Life: The down-and-out metaphor is in the House!
in Style: Our mixed up society is breeding metaphors!
Light on Dawn: The difference between night and day.
Diplomatic Missiles: Condoleezza Rice fires off opening salvo in peace
(Stephen) Colbert Report coins another word into currency.
Orleans - The Land of Chocolate: - Mayor Ray Nagin's delicious chocolate
- Gambling Metaphors Due To Hit Jackpot:
Taepodong missile test raises the stakes.
- Brake, Broke, Broken:
We stop to fix our brakes, a spider and our focus.
Mental Racket: Fuel Gets Pumped: High octane prices drive metaphor
into high gear.
A Rose By Many Other Names - Tom Cruise and Katie
Holmes metaphor baby.
Fire on the Air - Looks like fire metaphors are getting hotter.
Down A Writer's Block - From mental walls through computer firewalls.
Candy and Valentine's Day - Do our symbols of
love spoonfeed the soul?
- Windows To The Soul
- The pain of Windows.
Pipeline Gets Plugged - Feeding, riding and streaming has never been so draining!
Ten Metaphors of 2005 - Lists the most popular
metaphors in the media in 2005.
Neverland to Atlantis: Jacko's Meltdown -
"Meltdown" is still hot after all these years!
Games and Metaphor - Microsoft's name game with
Hits Its Peak - We're still going with the flow...
Stars Fall: Aaron Brown / NewsNight Ends - At a
loss for good words.
Rules! - Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald
in a league of his own.
Chemistry of Politics - pHun with politics!
Visual Metaphors - Are car commercials going
around the bend...?
Prism - Taking rhetoric "lightly".
Fusion - Metaphors for the atomic age.
of Sick Metaphors - Bird flu strikes foul
The Roadmap To Peace - Administrative origami in
A-Bored: The Omnibus - A busload of metaphors.
Beef Stops Here
- A Florida Representative hams it up!
Tidal Wave of Metaphors
- The good and bad of tsunami metaphors.
of the Arthritic
- It's hip, it's new - it's a new hip!
and Pitcher in Mudville
- More baseball with Rita.
- Not such sweet sorrow...
Rita Came to Bat
- Baseball metaphor out-reigned Rita!
The Obvious (Wow! What a View!)
- Evacuation in a heartbeat.
Metaphor: Hurricane Rita's First Victim
- Wolf Blitzer's better-off-dead metaphor.
a Stew Over Toxic Gumbo - (First post) A very
insensitive metaphor starts the blog.
Please bear in mind that there are aspects of personal
opinion to these observations, and that the Observatory is meant to call
attention to the subtleties of metaphor use and impact. The material is mature
in nature, though accessible to all. Copyright John D. Casnig