"American confidence has fallen to its low ebb."
In the above sentence, the conceptual metaphor is
CONFIDENCE IS TIDE, so it has a low or high ebb. Can we find an even more abstract conceptual metaphor, that is, to find something more generic than "confidence", and more generic than "tide"? I can use emotion or feeling to be the more abstract replacement of "confidence", but what is the thing that is more abstract than "tide", which also has high and low points? something vertical?
I know I am making it too technical, as I am using George Lakoff's conceptual metapor theory. Anyone who can help? Thanks in advance.
Last edited by ian2; 17-May-2008 at 17:16.
I am quite sure that this is not what he wants to say. First of all, American confidence does not possess 'a low ebb'. All ebbs are low and one cannot know the low point of an ebb until it is reached. I am sure that he wants to stress that the point the ebb has reached is 'its lowest yet', in other words he should say, 'American confidence has reached its lowest ebb' as this includes the possibility that it might fall even further. Authority he might be, but his statement needs a superlative to make sense.
Last edited by fromatto; 20-May-2008 at 13:36. Reason: clarification