How to Tell the Difference Between a Metaphor, a Simile, and an Analogy

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Reader Comments (21)

It made me think... and laugh... and think... and laugh some more!
I think I'm confused

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWim Boeree

"You make me sad." "That's not a simile." "I know." Priceless!

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

Second panel! The second panel!!

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Dust Cell

And I thought Rick was going to win... sorry Rick.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOldbear

An English teacher could have a lot of fun with this-- but a mathematics teacher focusing on logic: even more.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

so we're back to 2012 now? It's like we're time-traveling...(simile?)

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrenegade

The fourth panel may be the most meta joke I have ever read.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHerbert

This is now pinned to the inside of my cubical.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOblivious Wonder

Every panel a winner!
Poor Rick ... I wonder how he deals with the notoriety B.I. must bring to him ... I wonder if he is waiting for the day B.I. is picked up as a movie or TV series and becomes super-successful so he can swoop in with a sleazy attorney, only to be pummeled by a judge wearing a Rocket Hat badge under his robes.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin A Kunreuther

A simile is like a metaphor.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

@Kevin A Kunreuther,

So Rick becomes the Kevin McClory of BI?

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Yay! Reading comics does make you smarter!

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEaglesQuestions

Well, due to my English Lessons I knew about similies and metaphors (although Scott's explaination is more amusing than my teacher's) but thanks for explaining an analogy.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJerden

Rick was right, in the last panel, Scott used another simile, not an analogy.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames Y.

Every comic that ends with Scott's "a-Ha!" finger is a winner.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

But what about allegories?

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteruwg

This strip is like xkcd 762, in that both deal with the similarity of simile and metaphor...

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPjotr

There are a lot of words that seem pretty redundant. I mean... I realize that there are subtle differences, but are the differences significant enough to justify all the words? Simile, metaphor, analogy, allegory, allusion ... seems sorta like language-obsessed people invent language whose sole purpose is to be obsessed over. And then they teach it in school as if it were important.

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

xkcd 762 FTW!

I wish I could enjoy a nice sandwich right now. Unfortunately, my current job search requires that I refrain from partaking in sandwiches as most of the jobs I am applying to will require a food test.

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

@Drowlord - That's 'sort of language-obsessed'...

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterancient.brit

I've searched all day to clarify differences for me.....and the one site I found that helped me the most was your comic strip!!!! It is now taped on my book!! :) Thank you SOOO much for making this painless!!!!

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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