I went to a sports page in Paris, France, on the internet to look for metaphors since I have a number of page views from France this week and since the Befriender listening model is all about the art of story metaphor listening.
One can easily teach metaphors from the English translation of the French sports page.
This is a title from the internet search on Sports Page from Parish, France. From a quick glance I can see the sports writer of this article, maybe others do the same, use strong words to make the point, both root and orientation metaphors. Here we have epic (root metaphor) moved from literature to a new place, and comeback (orientatin metaphor) of the Spurs. Within the article itself the word heroic is used which goes along with epic plus a number of other orientation metaphors to highlight the excitement of the game.
Spurs beat Ajax 3-2 in epic comeback to reach Champions
Nail biting provides an orientation metaphor to go with tension as well as a number of others describing the match.
“The celebratory mood in the jam-packed Johan Cruyff Arena turned to one of nailbiting tension after Brazilian Moura scored twice in four minutes early in the second half to put Spurs within a goal of going through.
Ziyech hit the post for Ajax who appeared to have weathered the storm but Moura struck past Andre Onana to flatten the Ajax players and send the away fans into delirium.
Tottenham, playing in their first European Cup semi-final for 57 years, arrived in Amsterdam on a run of woeful formhaving suffered three successive defeats in all competitions.
Ajax, by contrast, were buoyant after winning the Dutch Cup final at the weekend, and they began on the front foot with Dusan Tadic forcing a flying save from Hugo Lloris.
When the resulting corner came, Tottenham's marking was non-existentas De Ligt glanced his header home.
It did not change the basic equationfor Tottenham who knew they needed to score twice and Mauricio Pochettino's side, so disappointing last week, responded in spirited fashion.
Son Heung-min, back after missing the first leg because of suspension, deceivedkeeper Onana with a cross that hit the post and Son then forced another save from a flowing move.
But Ajax were cool, calm and collectedand bided their time before striking again in devastating fashion.
Tadic, who moments earlier had dragged a shot just wide, was released down the left and he cut the ball back perfectly for Ziyech to whip a left-footed shot inside the far post.”
When I was preparing for a workshop in Glasgow, Scotland, I went in search of a sports page in that town and found the metaphor, cold plate. I was fortunate to learn from the high school literature teacher the expression comes from Shakespeare and means revenge.I doubt if an American sports writer would venture with that metaphor, perhaps the French would avoid the word for the same reason. What we do have in common in the source is literature like epic, heroics, and cold plate. Culture and context make a difference, although I will have a short reflection coming up on the seven deep metaphors in every language and culture.
Repeating myself, I have found the sports page a ready made read for identifying metaphors we hear in ordinary conversation. As the story involves more emotions and depth the metaphors will reflect the same as do the sports page.
And since France has provided the major page views this week, to my amazement, a French sports page was in order. Maybe you have some other sports pages that are every better exhibits for our learning.
Marlin Whitmer, BCC, (ret.)