Analogy Blindness: I invented a linguistic term. Dr. Joseph Suglia

 

ANALOGY BLINDNESS by Dr. Joseph Suglia

Over the years, I have invented a number of words and phrases.  Genocide pornography is one that I am especially proud of (cf. my essays on Quentin Tarantino); also: anthropophagophobia, another word that I coined, which means “the fear of cannibalism.”  I would like to introduce to the world (also known as Google) a new linguistic term:

analogy blindness (n.) the inability to perceive what an analogy represents.  To be lost in the figure of an analogy itself, while losing sight of the concept that the analogy describes.

EXAMPLE A

The Analogist: Polygamy is like going to a buffet instead of a single-serve restaurant.  Both are inadvisable.

The Person Who is Blind to the Analogy: People love buffets!

EXAMPLE B

The Analogist: Being taught how to write by Chuck Palahniuk is like being taught how to play football by a one-legged man.

The Person Who is Blind to the Analogy: A one-legged man who knows how to play football?  That’s great!

EXAMPLE C

The Analogist: You should not have reprimanded her in such a rude manner for taking time off from work.  You treated her as if she were guilty of some terrible offense, such as plagiarism.

The Person Who is Blind to the Analogy: But plagiarism is bad!

EXAMPLE D

From Confucius: When the wise person points at the Moon, the imbecile sees the finger.

Dr. Joseph Suglia

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Analogy Blindness: I invented a linguistic term. Dr. Joseph Suglia

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  3. I have a term for you! RTLES (pronounced artless). It stands for Rampant Talent and Lifestyle Envy Syndrome. Affected individuals compare themselves to every offbeat person they see and feel vastly inferior/want to become them.

    Example: Look at that dreadlocked barista with the crooked smile! If only I had dreadlocks, my life would be perfect!

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