[phpwiki] Metaphors in Professions


This topic might as well have been entitled "Poetry in Professions", as it is meant to cover simile and metonym as well as metaphors that are used in every profession. When we speak of metaphor in professions, the reference is beyond the mere trite aphorism with universal applicability or decorative or referential trope. The central interest is in those outstanding metaphors that make breakthroughs in a profession, lending revelation. However, minor metaphors are welcome. And, as it happens with language, cross pollination is not only likely, it is also encouraged! So, bring on the metaphors. Short is preferred. This topic was not entitled "Poetry in Professions" since that migth invite the placement of actual full length poetic writes about particular professions.


Metaphor, analogy and the like (models, archetypes, domain to domain mapping, etc.) have long been expressive tools. Comparing the known to the unknown is a matter of what one knows. So, at times, for a novice to a knowledge community, it seems that the unknown is compared to the even more unknown. Having metaphor multiplicity might help to alleviate the dilemma for the novice were the universe of the known touches on the knowledge base of more people. That is a particular goal of the Metaphor in Professions topic. One might draw on the statement by Tim Rohrer, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, "...solving paradoxes is a metaphorical representation of the process of inquiry into truth".

This topic might also lend insight into how particular professions use metaphors. For example, social-economic prejudice, preference or orientations might surface in the the metapors used in professions. Do engineers objectify people more than say aritst --- Positivist vs Humanist? Thus, though not explicitly designed for it, this topic might serve as a resource for metaphoic research, conceptual metaphor theory, etc..

It should be noted that poetics as herein considered is not limited to words. Thus, metaphor can just as easlily be between images that are literally images or any x::y. Language extends beyond literature. Further, knowledge extends beyond "thinking" per se, extending to feeling or awareness. In as much, a goal of the topic is to reach these extensions.

It is recommended that this topic serve as an index, jumping off point to more detailed information pertaining to a specific metaphor, profession. Thus, make your entries short and with a link to additional information where appropriate. In keeping with an index, also, place your entries with in a alphabetical if not categorical and alphabetical order. For example, the category Arts and Humanities might contain an entry under Ballet that reads "the ballet is to x as y is to z" and another entry "when one thinks of ballet one ...". The first important word in first entry is "ballet" and the first important word in the second entry is "thinks". Since, in typical alphabetical order "ballet" comes before "thinks", the first entry ("the ballet ...") would come before the second entry ("when one thinks ...").

However, considerable work has already been done by others in categorizing metaphors. It is recommended to use their word as a guide to providing an attribute reference to metaphors. See:


as an official guide for providing an attribute. Though such attibution will undoubtbly be subjective, it will probably be better than nothing when considered in the aggregate consensus.

If this list grows to a significant extent, a different type of data repository might be established where this topic serves as one place to reach it.


The Format is in the XML language to make it easy to create XML documents from the listing.

Name a profession, place in a start tag entity < >, and an end tag entity </ > per the example below. Then, make a metaphor tag with with attributes ( METAPHORLIST, author and contact). A profession can have as many sub-categories as needed. Within each category, create as many metaphor tags as needed.

<-- There can only be one tag named "professions" -->


		<metaphor METAPHORLIST=""  author="" source="" contact="">
		   the actual metaphor goes here
		<metaphor METAPHORLIST=""  author="" source="" contact="">
		   and some other actual metaphor goes here.

<!-- The professions tag (like all tags) must have a ending tag -->


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