Understanding the meaning of an analogy is key to the success of the analogy in communication. Some analogies will be understood by most people that speak the same language. Within small social groups of people, there are often shared analogies that bind the group together. Other analogies are only understood by people living in a certain region or country.
Common Analogies and Their Meanings
Analogy examples with corresponding meanings are the best way to show the meaning of the word “analogy.” The following is a list of some common analogies and an explanation of their meaning.
* The relationship between them began to thaw. This means that the relationship was changing.
* You are as annoying as nails on a chalkboard. You must be pretty annoying for someone to say that.
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* There are plenty of fish in the sea. Unless you really are a fish, this encourages you to move on and find another potential mate.
* She was as quiet as a mouse. It is hard to hear a mouse, so that means she was very quiet.
* Bing Crosby had a velvet voice. Since voices are not made of velvet, this implies that his voice was smooth and soothing.
* Life is like a box of chocolates. This has many meanings and is a great analogy for life.
For examples that would be particularly fun and informative for children, check out Analogy Examples for Kids.
Many famous people have also used analogies to explain their positions or their opinions on an issue. For instance, consider the following analogy examples:
* "I am to dancing what Roseanne is to singing and Donald Duck to motivational speeches. I am as graceful as a refrigerator falling down a flight of stairs." - Leonard Pitts, "Curse of Rhythm Impairment" Miami Herald, Sep. 28, 2009
* "If you want my final opinion on the mystery of life and all that, I can give it to you in a nutshell. The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe." Peter De Vries, Let Me Count the Ways
* "Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo." - Don Marquis
* "They crowded very close about him, with their hands always on him in a careful, caressing grip, as though all the while feeling him to make sure he was there. It was like men handling a fish which is still alive and may jump back into the water." - George Orwell, A Hanging
* "Withdrawal of U.S. troops will become like salted peanuts to the American public; the more U.S. troops come home, the more will be demanded." - Henry Kissinger in a Memo to President Richard Nixon
* “... worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum." - Baz Luhrmann, Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen)