Metaphor : "My Computer Is A Headache".
Meaning : My computer gives late response.

Metaphor : "This Car Is, Pain In Ass".
Meaning : This car keeps getting out of order again & again.

Metaphor : "My Friend Is A Lion".
Meaning : My friend is brave.

Metaphor : "He Is An Elephant"
Meaning : He is fat.

Metaphor : "Your Dog Is A Ghost"
Meaning : Your dog is horrible.

Metaphor : "These People Are Dragons".
Meaning : These people are very angry.

Are they right ? If not, then please tell me where I'm wrong.

  • A metaphor is supposed to convey something via an analogy. What are you trying to say with these statements? Anyhow, the last four seem like metaphors to me, but I'm not sure about the first two. – J.R. Jan 17 '16 at 18:49
  • What do you mean by "right"? If a metaphoric usage genuinely expresses what you want to say, no-one else can say it's "wrong". Even if your metaphoric reference is so unusual they've no idea what you actually mean. My friend is a bicycle, for example, would be incomprehensible to most people unless they'd heard a joke along the lines of ...been ridden by everyone. – FumbleFingers Jan 17 '16 at 18:49
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    ...bear in mind that because of cultural differences, a lot of metaphors that might seem perfectly natural in your own language won't work very well in English. So if you want to sound like a native speaker (rather than a wannabee poet), avoid creating new metaphoric usages - stick to the ones you hear in English, and don't worry about them being called cliches. – FumbleFingers Jan 17 '16 at 18:53
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    If you specifically wanted to convey that your computer "gives a late response" (not natural English in this context, but I assume you mean the computer is slow), the headache metaphor wouldn't do that. Usually when we say something is a headache, we mean it's troublesome, not "slow to respond". To repeat the advice; avoid making up your own metaphors. – FumbleFingers Jan 17 '16 at 19:14
  • @FumbleFingers And what if i meant " My computer is defective so that i need to repair it again & again " ?? – Ahtisham Chishti Jan 17 '16 at 19:21

I'll give you some observations on typical usage of the metaphors you describe.

  1. As FumbleFingers mentions, something is a headache when it is troublesome. There isn't a common metaphor that conveys the idea of slowness, but we often say slow as molasses.
  2. Pain in the ass is considered vulgar (though in regular usage, my mother, for example, would never dream of using it). Pain in the neck is more polite. Both have the meaning of troublesome, similar to headache. If a mechanical device breaks down a lot we might refer to it as a bucket of bolts.
  3. We also use the metaphor of lion to mean brave, although it isn't particularly common.
  4. We generally use hippopotamus (more often hippo) to suggest that someone is fat. This is considered a strong insult, and is more typically said of women than men. A man would be more often referred to as a tub of lard. Again, this would be highly insulting. Elephants are more associated with good memory in English; we might say that someone has a memory like an elephant (we might even say that someone is an elephant, if the meaning of having a good memory were clear from context).
  5. Your dog is a ghost doesn't have the meaning you describe at all in English. It could only be interpreted as a rather strange way of telling someone that their dog is dead. More typical would be your dog is a monster.
  6. To call someone a dragon is to say they are bad-tempered and is an insult (although not as much of an insult as calling them a hippopotamus). This is typically said of women rather than men (if you called a man a dragon, you would probably be saying that he is a good fighter); we use the term dragon lady as well.
  • And you as well. :) I think you are doing just fine, except your computer is a pain in the neck, and these ladies are dragons or this lady is a dragon. Again, calling someone a tub of lard is insulting. – BobRodes Jan 18 '16 at 2:24
  • 's 1) My computer is a pain in neck. 2) My car is a bucket of bolts. 3) My Friend Is a lion 4) He is a tub of lard. 5) Your dog is a monster. 6) These ladies are dragon. what you think now ? :D – Ahtisham Chishti Jan 18 '16 at 2:28
  • @AhtishamChishti 6 still sounds strange to me. – James Jan 18 '16 at 14:45

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