Laugh About Writing
Writing doesn’t always have to be a serious business. Though it’s wise to make sure that you write correctly, there’s a lot of fun to be had when playing with words.
Two emails that landed in my inbox the other day made me chuckle. The first was called Humor for Lexophiles. I won’t reproduce the whole thing, but here are a few of my favorites:
- The butcher backed up into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.
- To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
- A thief fell and broke his leg in wet cement. He became a hardened criminal.
- The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground.
- A dentist and a manicurist fought tooth and nail.
- You are stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.
- Acupuncture: a jab well done.
The second source of amusement was an email featuring metaphors from student essays. Here are a few that caught my eye
- His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
- She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
- Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
- McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.
- Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.
- The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
- It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.
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15 Responses to “Laugh About Writing”
I’m laughing at myself. I meant to say “It MAKES learning fun.” Hehe. Perfect place to make a booboo.
he I drita and I wish to be a friend with you
I just want to say how much I appreciate this gem of a site. I happened upon it this afternoon. It make learning fun.
Yes, I really liked those, surfmadpig 🙂
A couple of those similes are so bad they’re actually brilliant. I’m referring to the Grandad & Phil ones. Bravo!
I love stuff like this.
I also love a good typo. Even ones made when writing by hand (what would you call those? LOL). I keep a log of the best ones at my writing blog under the “oy vey” category (there are more than what are showing on that page; I just recently set up the category and didn’t comb the entire blog to pick up every “oy vey” entry, although I should).
Thanks Sharon. 😉
There are some great examples there, Mari 🙂
Shoot – thought I’d changed that, Redhead. Good catch 🙂
That is true indeed, and a good topic for a future post.
Thanks for commenting Redhead.
Maybe it’s the English teacher in me, but I need to point out that the second email is full of similes, not metaphors.