This blog developed out of a desire to share my research on how metaphors are used in American politics. I studied metaphors for years as part of my training in linguistics. Back in 2008 when Barack Obama was first running for president, I noticed that metaphors were very commonly used in news broadcasts about politics. For example, broadcasters said that the candidates were neck and neck, or they were down to the wire. I thought I should buy a book describing these metaphors so that I could teach them to my students of ESL (English as a Second Language).
After a thorough search, I was surprised to learn that there was no such book. About the same time, I was lucky enough to get a six-month sabbatical from my teaching position. I decided to write the book myself.
Originally I thought I would find a few hundred metaphors and be able to research and write the entire book before my sabbatical ended. However, the more data I collected, the more I realized that it would be a huge project. After four years of working on the project nights and weekends, my database grew to include more than 2000 metaphors in 54 different categories.
I compiled all of my examples and analyses into a book and spent many years trying to find a publisher. However, I was always told that it was too specialized, so I was never able to publish it. In the meantime, I learned that writing a blog can help a new author develop an audience for his or her books. Even though I was not able to publish the book, I have continued to share my research for free with this blog. I have had over 900,000 views from 198 countries! Please share this blog with friends and family members who might be interested. Feel free to add questions or comments. Thank you for your interest and support!