World’s Funniest Analogies

Annual English Teachers’ awards for best student metaphors/analogies found in actual student papers:

– His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

– He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

– She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

– Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

– He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

– The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.

– From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

– The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.

– Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

– John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

– He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.

– Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

– Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

– The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law George. But unlike George, this plan just might work.

– The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.

– He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

– The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

– It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

– He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.

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