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    A metaphor for a worthless thing

    Hi!
    In Persian, my native language, "soil" ( probably because soil is very abundant on earth) is a metaphor for worthless thing. For example we say:

    Example: In comparison with your knowledge about linguistic, mine is a fistful of soil.

    The above sentence means that my knowledge about linguistic compared to yours is very tiny and worthless. Now, according to this point, what equivalent metaphor is used in English?

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    Re: A metaphor for a worthless thing

    You could fit what I know about linguistics on the back of a postage stamp.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A metaphor for a worthless thing

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You could fit what I know about linguistics on the back of a postage stamp.
    I'm going to use that metaphor in a literary context and I just mentioned that example to convey the meaning of " a fistful of soil" , I need a metaphor whose main focus be on something worthless not tiny ( a postage stamp is very tiny not worthless and is not suitable for a litrary context).

    Moreover, that idiom only refers back to the amount of knowledge that someone has about something that is not my subject of translation. My translation is about two lovers, a boy and a girl, the boy writes to the girl that he himself is " a fistful of soil" in comarison with her.

    Also, I found another idiom that is "a dim a dozen" but its main focus is on something that is very common not worthless.

    Would you please be kind enough to come up another metaphor with taking into consideration the afroementioned issues?
    Last edited by toloue_man; 25-Jun-2013 at 11:19.

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    Re: A metaphor for a worthless thing

    So with your original example, you meant that you know a lot about linguistics but most of it isn't worth knowing? Rather than you don't know much about it?

    Hmmm, I'll keep thinking then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    So with your original example, you meant that you know a lot about linguistics but most of it isn't worth knowing? Rather than you don't know much about it?

    Hmmm, I'll keep thinking then.
    To put it in a nut shell, I want to say that something is worthless by use of a metaphor. The main focus is on worthless thing.
    Please read what I have just added to my previous post

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    Re: A metaphor for a worthless thing

    Do you mean like 'Compared to her, he's a waste of space', or 'He's as much use as a chocolate teapot'?

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    Re: A metaphor for a worthless thing

    Great suggestion! I think "My knowledge of linguistics is about as much use as a chocolate teapot" works well. That used to be the nickname for several members of staff at my old job!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A metaphor for a worthless thing

    "Compared to you, I am a mere pimple on a gnat's arse."

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    Re: A metaphor for a worthless thing

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Do you mean like 'Compared to her, he's a waste of space', or 'He's as much use as a chocolate teapot'?
    I exactly mean "he's a waste of space" but is there any other example that fits more in a literary context specially poem?

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    Re: A metaphor for a worthless thing

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Compared to you, I am a mere pimple on a gnat's arse."
    The components of this idiom such as pimple, gnat, ass are not suitable for a litrerary context specially poem.

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