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Fry's English Delight - HMS Metaphor | [Stephen Fry]

Fry's English Delight - HMS Metaphor

Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. The English language is chock-full of maritime metaphors: cock up, taken aback, chip on your shoulder, and show a leg. And, with the help of a Greek removals firm, we also find the origin of the word 'metaphor'.
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Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. The English language is chock-full of maritime metaphors: cock up, taken aback, chip on your shoulder, and show a leg. And, with the help of a Greek removals firm, we also find the origin of the word 'metaphor'.

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  • Tim
    High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    3/5/11
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    "The Title Rings True- Fry hits the Right Notes 2"

    Many other reviewers have said that Section 1 (?Current Puns?) is the only section worth listening to, but I disagree. This section is arguably the best one, with lots of QI-style insightful gambits. The large quantity of Naval metaphors (e.g. taken aback) are explored in this section, along with 'skeletons of metaphors'. Personally I had no idea that English was so laden with buried metaphors within individual words (e.g. 'sarcastic' meaning 'flesh tearing'). The phrase 'Deep Metaphor' takes on a whole new meaning...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meena
    London, United Kingdom
    4/6/11
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    "Good Book"

    A good book that is well narrated. Thanks to Audible for having this in store.

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