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Stupid metaphors...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by grumpydogwoman, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    OK, we all know a pop song needs to rhyme but should it not make sense?

    I give you Amarillo.

    ....I've been weeping like a willow....

    1. You have shed tears? Willows don't do that. They don't have tear-ducts.
    2. You have been behaving like a willow? What! Bending over and trailing your fingers on the ground or in a river? Why would you do that?


    Bonus willow image for those of an artistic (rather than purely botanical) bent.
  2. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I hate to tell you this Grumpydogwoman but willows are actually notable for their weeping.
    If you cut off a small branch when the sap is up they exude copious amounts of sap (far more than many other trees except those of the Euphorbiaceae family) and many folk legends revolve around this phenomenon.
  3. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    But it's called a weeping willow, so it must weep - it's the law!
  4. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter



  5. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Yes really.

    But if such news gives you a headache the sap is full of salicylic acid ;)
  6. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Aspirin. That I DID know!
  7. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    But weeping refers to the habit. Not the sap. Surely.

    Like pinus palustris.

    (Says she with great authority. Thanks, google.)
  8. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    In modern terms certainly
    Far fewer people grow willows as a crop now
  9. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I knew about salicylic acid but I didn't know the sap flowed freely or about folk legends!

    Thanks @Didactylos4

    You learn something new!
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  10. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Willows droop into the water. It is because they weep so much into a pool of their tears.
  11. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

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  12. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Feeling blue is an odd metaphor, given the colour of the sky on a sunny day. Lady should have sung the greys!
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  13. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Oh, great goal!

    Feeling BLUE. Yes, what tosh.
  14. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Ella Phantzgerald would have been superb at that.
  15. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    'Baby' is silly metaphor for someone you love.

    As a young child I couldn't understand why so many popular music artists were apparently obsessed with infants. I was a very literal child.
  16. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Good shout @magic surf bus

    If you analyse that one it's actually rather disturbing.

    Mind you, my cousin calls her husband (he's 50) "puppy".

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