Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 20
  1. #1
    karkog is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Clothing as a source of metaphor in the English lg

    Hi,
    I'm writting thesis on metaphors in English connected with clothing.
    I've just got stuck and I'm looking for some inspiration. I would be delighted if someone could help me or inspire me with some observations.
    I look for words or pieces of clothing which are used to describe people or some items, also metonymic expressions.
    I look for expressions in which boundaries between the domains of HUMAN BEINGS and CLOTHES become very fuzzy.
    I found some examples in English like for example 'white-collar worker' or 'skirt; with reference to an attractive woman.
    I think that that would be easier for an native speaker to find more such expressions with refference to people.

    It's quite urgent, thank you for any ideas.

    Karol

  2. #2
    probus's Avatar
    probus is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    2,058
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Clothing as a source of metaphor in the English lg

    In modern slang we have "suit" for a resented boss. Then there is "stuffed shirt". somewhat older. Most important of all, I think, are "white collar" and "blue collar", which embody the difference between clerical, administrative and managerial jobs on the one hand, and skilled or labouring jobs on the other.

  3. #3
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,168
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Clothing as a source of metaphor in the English lg

    A well-heeled person is rich.
    Some people are all fur coat and no knickers.

  4. #4
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,168
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Clothing as a source of metaphor in the English lg


  5. #5
    konungursvia's Avatar
    konungursvia is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    4,802
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Clothing as a source of metaphor in the English lg

    I would look for corpus phrases with 'hat' and 'boots' and 'shoes' and so on to start.

  6. #6
    BobK's Avatar
    BobK is offline Harmless drudge
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    15,590
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Clothing as a source of metaphor in the English lg

    You could start by searching our own list of idioms; there are 7 hits for sleeve, for example. And an idiom can be the root of a newly-coined metaphor.

    b

    PS You could search there for dozens of clothing-related terms.
    Last edited by BobK; 18-Apr-2013 at 15:23. Reason: Added PS

  7. #7
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,138
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Clothing as a source of metaphor in the English lg


  8. #8
    BobK's Avatar
    BobK is offline Harmless drudge
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    15,590
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Clothing as a source of metaphor in the English lg

    As a demonstration of how random this can be, I've just spotted an actual metaphor in the wild (on The 4 O'Clock Show on BBC Radio4 Extra: the presenter referred to another programme (called Country File, I think) as 'muddy-trousered'. This ISN'T idiomatic, but it was easy to understand.

    b

  9. #9
    karkog is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Clothing as a source of metaphor in the English lg

    Thank you for your answers ... I like well-hilled expression. I think I can treat it as a kind of orientational metaphor. And also suit.

    I've got also a problem with sources. Comprehensive and reliable... I look for word histories, etymologies etc. D

    I've just come across old bag... I like it but I can not find the word etymology or origin in connection with an old woman. But I'm afraid that it has nothing in common with bag as a piece of clothing.

    If any ideas, please share :)

  10. #10
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,138
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Clothing as a source of metaphor in the English lg

    I guess it's because old bags have creases like wrinkles. It's been used in BrE all my life, while bag lady ​is more recent.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. English for clothing stores
    By charlies in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-Jun-2010, 19:43
  2. clothing
    By kukinecka in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Jan-2009, 09:47
  3. source of English
    By zhengrong in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 19-Dec-2007, 14:24
  4. English Source
    By sammiepang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Jun-2005, 07:44

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •