__really bad analogies

This just made my day. Not only because they were, like, so funny, but because the person pointing out the poor use of the English language seems to be a bit unclear on what an analogy is:

While analogy and simile are both comparisons of two seemingly unrelated things, they are not the same. A simile is a figure of speech, while an analogy is a type of argument; a simile is also a type of metaphor, while an analogy is not. Generally, an analogy is more complex than a simile. Another key difference between the two is that similes in English use either “as” or “like” to make their comparison.

A simile is usually structured in one of two ways. The figure of speech can use the word “like” to compare two items. An example using “like” is, “Her hair shone like the sun.” Hair and the sun usually are not considered the same, but the simile describes them as shining in a similar manner. An example of a simile using “as” is, “His teeth were as white as clouds.” In that simile, the man’s teeth are compared to the color of clouds.

Analogies are used to make a connection between two objects or ideas to better explain the first object. For example, a short type of analogy is, “Coffee is to caffeine as beer is to alcohol.” Coffee and beer are both beverages, and caffeine and alcohol are the drugs they contain. In some instances, it may be difficult to determine the connection between the two items.


Sometimes when we are writing, we try to spruce up the story with a few analogies. Sometimes they’re good, and sometimes they are not so good. Here are some hilarious examples of really bad analogies. I doubt these are true analogies from high school students but I still thought this was a definite list to share. I can’t pick my favourite but #5 and #7 stood out for me!

– Ermisenda Alvarez

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