I remember having to read the book “Metaphors We Live By” by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson during my Intro to Philosophy class many years ago.Lakoff and Johnson suggest that metaphors are omnipresent in daily life, not just in dialect but also in cognitive belief and functionality.
One minute you thought you were in a business meeting and the next, you thought you were in the presence of Lou Holtz from ESPN College football.
Some of these metaphors we use we might not even realize are originated from sports.
An allegory is a broadened metaphor where a story shows a valued feature of the subject.
A hyperbole can be used to show intense emotion or to make a powerful effect but is not supposed to be taken word for word.
These metaphors aren’t just reserved for sports talk but they are increasingly becoming a part of everyday conversation.
Have you ever been a part of a conversation that took on the form of a sports commentator from ESPN?
Lakoff and Johnson call this approach a “conduit metaphor”, meaning someone can place concepts or items into speech or “containers” then transmit them via a “pathway” or “conduit” (like an electrical wire) to the intended audience who grabs the concept or idea from the vessel and creates or adds value to it.
Intercommunication or verbal exchange can be the vessel where ideas and concepts fit into. Lakoff and Johnson offer a few illustrations of every day metaphors we use: “argument is war” and “time is money”.
He can't proceed to First Base until he "hits it off" with someone (finds someone with mutual interest).