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Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff
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Aug 09, 2010

really liked it

I'd read _More than Cool Reason_ earlier in the summer and found it kind of a mixed experience-- parts of it I thought were great and insightful, but most of it I found really repetitive, or else too slow moving for me.

This is a totally different kind of book: brisk, smart, and with a slowly revealed bone to pick with traditional explanations of metaphor and more broadly with ontological philosophies. I'm not altogether qualified to judge what Lakoff and Johnson say here, but I thought this was compelling stuff, easy to follow, and really well worth reading.

Their explanation of metonymy, btw, is great, and should be required reading, by me, before every subsequent attempt to explain that to my students. Maybe then I'll get it right for once:)

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