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What is a conventional metaphor?

 

Definition
 

A conventional metaphor is a metaphor that is commonly used in everyday language in a culture to give structure to some portion of that culture’s conceptual system.

Examples (English)
 
  • The understanding of time as a resource

    Example:

    Time is running out.

  • The understanding of life as a journey

    Example:

    It’s time to get on with your life.

 
See also:

Conventional metaphors in English for many more examples.

Kinds
  Here are some kinds of conventional metaphors:
 
Generic
  A conventional metaphor is a kind of
 
Source
 

Lakoff, G. and Johnson 1980 66, 139


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