Language and thought: Declare war on misleading metaphors

  • Declare war on misleading metaphors
  • The metaphor of “stress” for mental or emotional strain or tension has shaped thinking about mental health since it was coined in the 1930s (see article in this week’s issue).
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  • The open ocean has long been a metaphor for eternity and boundless freedom.
  • And the “war on terrorism” has fostered the delusion that, with a final push on a battlefield somewhere, it can be won.

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@danw1lcox: “Has the metaphor for bitcoin and wallets impeded it’s general understanding?”


Like the “war” on everything from drugs to poverty


Language and thought: Declare war on misleading metaphors