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Blog #2 : “The Mind is a Metaphor”

The database has multiple facets that work as an engine for metaphors used as far back as the English language itself. It draws from a broad archive of literature and authorships, while offering the option to filter your search of a particular metaphor by the theme of the particular metaphor you may find interesting to inquire. And as if an army of librarians were shuffling assiduously and speedily through catalogues of the information, the database records for you the rapidness of the search. This is one feature that I found excessive, but became one of the many features that nonetheless impressed me. The database is like a mind. Bolstered by the fact that it is under frequent improvement and development, the database may just be that external mind of metaphors English majors and authors will revel about. After an hour of messing around with “The Mind is a Metaphor”, I began to internalize the metaphor to be true. I childishly fed my curiosity by selecting random categories and discovered fascination. This fascination the many in which the mechanics of the site worked together liked a mini-google search engine (but for metaphors) to produce rapid metaphors under the seekers classifications. An image below explains this, I think.

 

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Another fascinating thing that stood out was the mechanics of the database. The structuring of the search tool makes the site a useful tool for scholars as well as researchers. The database offers multiple filters like: literary period, metaphor category gender of author, genre, and even the nationality and religion of the author.  For example, while I researched the site, I was curious about the metaphoric prevalence of food in the industrial revolution period of history. I realized then that maybe the industrial period, because of its lack social progressivism, prioritized authorship for males over females. On the other hand, it leaves room to argue that: maybe female authors in the industrial period were primarily focused on prohibition and social reformation rather than on food, or that they simply didn’t fancy the usage of metaphors. The image below is a sample search of a food metaphor in the industrial revolution based on a population.

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