November 18, 2002
Taken Literally

Who could fail to be at least amused and at best delighted by the things that come out of our mouths when they are taken literally? You will, of course, have noticed that we speak about competetive situations as if they were wars. You may also have noticed that we speak as if dangerous beliefs were contagious. But did you notice that we speak of difficulties as if they were containers?

The good people at Berkeley are on the case.

Posted by kio at November 18, 2002 01:58 PM
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was going to write about "concrete thinking," a psychopathology that's the opposite of metaphor, but couldn't find a good page. Instead, I found behavenet's glossary, which is so much better. E.g., word #1, acalculia.

Posted by: dbrown on November 18, 2002 03:41 PM
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