Full Fathom Five

13May08

Full Fathom Five

water related dead metaphor #1 and thus annoying:

“sea change” lifted from Shakespeare’s Tempest

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

so much more interesting when it simply means “dead”

so much more interesting when considered and contextualized via this Full Fathom Five painting by Jackson Pollock

and then there’s

“perfect storm” lifted from that book by Sebastian Junger

we hear these dead metaphors repeated by journalists too lazy and careless to use straight language

instead we get an idiot language – it’s

“on the table”

apparently, perfect storms invariably lead to sea changes

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