METAPHORS AND SIMILES ARE COMMON IN LANGUAGE USE UNDER; THEY FALL THE UMBRELLA CALLED ‘FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE’
Figurative language is the language whose meaning needs interpretation and another layer of association.
A metaphor has become a word with mental picture. A simile stops short of entering the point of no return.
Ex. The clouds sailed (normally sailing is associated with sailboats) across the sky.
Ex. Tim is a tiger. (Tim = Tiger) – Tim has the qualities associated with tigers (animals)
Please note that metaphors are associated with cultures.
Thailand — This work is a banana for you.
England – It’s a piece of cake.
Something easy or simple
A simile is an indirect comparison. You compare A’s quality with others.
Ex. Susan is kind. She is also elegant. She looks like an angel.
Ex. Helen acts more like a man than a woman. Is she a lesbian?