Thursday, 8 March 2007

The elephant in the room

I loved that one - "the elephant in the room". It was so expressive, so daft, so visually pleasing as a concept, so completely full of trunks, tusks, hairy-ended tails and flapping wrinkly ears. Why do folks have to demean a perfectly good metaphor and turn it into cliché so that you then feel like a mug or a ham for using it? I can't count the number of times I have sat in a room with others and visualised the elephant rolling its eyes as everyone manages to avoid noticing its presence.

1 comment:

mutterings and meanderings said...

I love this one too. I only heard it for the first time last year (where had I been??) then I heard it about three times in the space of a week afterwards, starting with Banksy's elephant in the room at his exhibition.