Metaphor watch, Buffett edition

By Felix Salmon
August 19, 2009
Warren Buffett sure does love his metaphors. Here he is talking about mistakes being made in economic policy during the crisis:

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Warren Buffett sure does love his metaphors. Here he is talking about mistakes being made in economic policy during the crisis:

How could it have been otherwise when supposedly indestructible pillars of our economic structure were tumbling all around them? A meltdown, though, was avoided, with a gusher of federal money playing an essential role in the rescue.

The United States economy is now out of the emergency room and appears to be on a slow path to recovery.

I count seven metaphors in three sentences here: the tumbling-yet-supposedly-indestructible pillars (architecture); the meltdown (nuclear power); the gusher (um, oil drilling?); the playing of a role (theatre); the rescue (although maybe “rescue” is at this point so ubiquitous as to no longer be metaphorical); the emergency-room-and-recovery (healthcare); and the slow path (walking, I guess).

Buffett still can’t lay a finger on Bill Gross, though, who once went so far as to explain how “the pyramid begins to unravel”. Why is it that financial-sector billionaires seem to be unwilling or unable to be edited?

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