Friday, February 4, 2011

Funny Analogies From High Schoolers


The Washington Post held a contest where high school teachers sent in the "worst" analogies they had found in grading their students papers. These are a few gems I liked, you can read the rest here. It's amazing what some of these kids came up with, some are quite witty. Enjoy!

  1. The lamp just sat there, like an inanimate object.
  2. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
  3. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
  4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
  5. The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
  6. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.
  7. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
  8. The sunset displayed rich, spectacular hues like a .jpeg file at 10 percent cyan, 10 percent magenta, 60 percent yellow and 10 percent black.
  9. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.


  1. Awesome! I stole the first one! Loved it!!! :) BTW this is Cathleen!

  2. Cathleen! That's totally ok ; ) Glad you read my blog and that you are my very first comment!