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Figure of Speech

Funny Metaphors Examples

A normal speaker of English language can get scared hearing the word ‘metaphor’. But remember – they are not magic words that appear only in poems and novels. Metaphors are created by all of us, perhaps unknowingly, even as when we sit relaxed. When we say that our bosses “bark a command”, we are comparing them to dogs and that is what exactly a metaphor is. The word metaphor originated from the term ‘metaphore’ in old French which means “carrying over”. But, now we use it as a literary device which includes describing a person or a certain thing without using words such as ‘like’, ‘as’ and so on. To put in simple terms, metaphor means using one concept to understand another. But, compared to simile, it is more indicative and forceful. Metaphors also mean symbolism in writing. As humans, we love symbolism and metaphorical comparisons help paint a clear picture in our minds using this symbolism. Coming to literature, there are plenty of poets and writers who make use of metaphors to convey emotions and concepts in a clear and simple manner. Of course, it generally so happens that some of these metaphors, which communicate the intended message, tend to become humorous and make the reader roll with beaming laughter.

Funny Metaphors Examples

  • “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” – George Burns
  • “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” – Jane Howard
  • “True friends stab you in the front.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – Helen Keller
  • “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value. Rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C. S. Lewis
  • “Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.” -George Eliot
  • “Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.” – Mark Twain
  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “Love is friendship, set on fire.” – Jeremy Taylor
  • “A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.” – Robert Frost
  • “Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.” -George Carlin
  • The toddlers looked at each other as if they had just been told their mutual funds had taken a complete nosedive.
  • She was a couch potato in the gravy boat of life, flopping dejectedly on the sofa.
  • It will take a big tractor to plow the fertile fields of his mind.
  • All at once he was alone in this noisy hive with no place to roost.
  • The beautiful child was the center of attention, with his golden curls and tuna fish complexion.
  • There is no difference between a forced bachelor and an involuntarily herbivorous lion.
  • Do you have to ape Peter Pan in every aspect of your life?

Metaphors make a comparison between two objects in an indirect manner, for example a cat to a queen, people to night winds and vice versa. But what started as a figure of speech to beautify the prose and poetry became an integral part of our normal conversation, without even the speakers knowing it. Such is the magic of metaphohrs that even while using them, to convey a specific message, the speakers realise how much fun they are for the audience. Funny metaphors are no rocket science creations; they can be created by all of us and, depending on the audience, can tickle your funny bones any time.

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