Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Argument is War

In Metaphors We Live By, Lakoff and Johnson illustrate how the conceptual metaphor "argument is war" structures the way we engage in arguments:


Your claims are indefensible.

He attacked every weak point in my arguments.

His criticisms were right on target.

I demolished his argument.

I've never won an argument with him.

You disagree? Okay, shoot!

If you use that strategy, he'll wipe you out.

He shot down all of my arguments.

"...ARGUMENT is partially structured, understood, performed, and talked about in terms of WAR."

"...we act according to the way we conceive of things."


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