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Word of the Week – Sea-change


Sea-change or seachange is a poetic or informal term meaning a gradual transformation in which the form is retained but the substance is replaced, in this case with a marvellous petrification. It was originally a song of comfort to the bereaved Ferdinand over his father’s death by drowning. The expression is Shakespeare’s, taken from the song in The Tempest, when Ariel sings,

“Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change,
into something rich and strange,
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell,
Hark! now I hear them, ding-dong, bell.” – Wikipedia

The Emergency Landing of Flight 1549 – A Metaphor for the United States?

Taken from ABC Local News Website

Taken from ABC Local News Website

I immediately thought last evening that the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 is a metaphor for the United States and Obama is the pilot. Can he safely land with two engines out- our economy in shambles and our dubious reputation abroad? Well of course after doing a search for this metaphor, it has also come to the minds of many. Here are some bloglinks to these metaphors:

What do you think?