Taking a look at Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, and my Delusional Dictionary. For definitions of those, click here to read the introductory post to the series.
This week’s words: Miaow, Mad, Mob, Moat.
Miaow: I confess I chose this particular onomatopoeia because so many writers and readers are cat lovers, and we all know ‘meow’, ‘miaow’ and ‘mew’ are words describing the sound made by a cat. However, the term is also used by gossips and others to draw unflattering comparisons of a speaker’s (usually a woman) comments about another person. “Maureen may be a good cook” said Masie, “but she’s a bitch to work with!” “Ooh! ‘Miaow’ to you, too, Masie.” Said Matilda.
‘Mad’ has two main meanings; crazy and angry. To describe the crazy element with a simile, we could say, ‘mad as a minister’, since many self-appointed ministers of religion are clearly bonkers judging by their claims. Maybe, ‘mad as a flat-earther’, ‘mad as Donald Trump’, who is clearly unbalanced if his many contradictory utterances are any guide.
Regarding the angry aspect, ‘we can use ‘mad as Hitler’ who seemed to spend his entire adult life in a state of irrational rage, or ‘mad as a hurricane/typhoon/twister’ as these weather phenomena seem to express a form of atmospheric anger. Perhaps you can come up with something better?
Similes to avoid because they’re clichés?
As mad as a hatter, mad as a hornet
Collective Nouns: Mob is a general collective noun used of unruly crowds. And ‘The Mob’ is, of course, often used of the Mafia, since it is also applied to thieves. Perhaps we could use it to describe any gathering of unreasonable people; a mob of fox hunters, a mob of Black Friday shoppers, a mob of Daily Mail readers? I’m sure you can think of other groups that might deserve this collective noun.
Mob of emus, kangaroos, meerkats, thieves, sheep (Australian), wallabies.
Delusional Dictionary: Moat: a device used by Tory MPs to extract financial gain from a badly designed expenses claim system; a means of separating an individual from his/her peers; a temporary fluid barrier around a home subject to flooding.
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