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  1. Chapter 6Clothing Metaphors • Some clothing terms are ironic: • Crowning someone could be part of a coronation • Or you could crown someone by hitting them on the head. • Many clothing terms are actions: • Spinning or weaving yarns, Zip mail, Velcroid, Tanning • Clothing analogies: • Corset, bracelet, anklet, helmet • Muff, cuff, ruff • Shirt, skirt (Nilsen & Nilsen 129) 21

  2. Vocabulary Plus: A Source-Based Approachwww.ablongman.com/nilsen By Don L. F. Nilsen And Alleen Pace Nilsen 21

  3. Interesting Etymologies • Foothills, outskirts and skirting an issue are marginal. • “Girdle” relates to the “girth” of a horse. • Having something up your sleeve • “Hood” of a car is British “Bonnet” • “Jackets” relates to “jacks” and “le jacquerie.” • Book jacket, record jacket, Jack of all trades • “Pants” comes from the “pantaloons” of Commedia dell’arte (16th C) • Sabotage (wooden shoes are “sabots”) • “Trunk” of a car is British “boot” • Wearing the pants in the family is sexist. (Nilsen & Nilsen 130-133) 21

  4. Amedia Bedelia Literalizations • Cape of Good Hope • Coat of arms • Drawing the drapes • Hood of a car • Outskirts of the city • Ragtime music • paint (Nilsen & Nilsen 132) 21

  5. Body CoveringsVest | Dress | Shirt | Unmentionables 21

  6. Head CoveringsCap | Crown / Corona | Veil 21

  7. Crown: GermanicCorona: Latin 21

  8. Royal Crown Cola 21

  9. Corona Metaphors 21

  10. Foot CoveringsBoot | Shoe | Sock | Spur 21

  11. Personified Boots 21

  12. AccessoriesButton | Cuff | Apron 21

  13. More AccessoriesMuff | Glove | Lace 21

  14. Still More AccessoriesBelt | Collar 21

  15. Lace Metaphors 21

  16. Words from Clothing Makers 21

  17. Curlylocks: A Nursery Rhyme • Curlylocks, Curlylocks, Wilt thou be mine? • Thou shalt not wash dishes, nor yet feed the swine, • But sit on a cushion, And sew a fine seam, • And feed upon stawberries, sugar, and cream. 21

  18. Fabric MetaphorsCotton | Silk | Wool 21

  19. More Fabric MetaphorsString | Thread 21

  20. Clothing Metaphors 21

  21. !Identifications & Etymologies • Arachne and Athena • Penelope and Ulysses • -------------- • Chintzy  Chintz (cloth w/shiny surface) • Corduroy (cords of the king) • Ends: at loose ends, making ends meet • Subtle  sub + tela (cloth) • Text, texture  L Texere (to weave) (Nilsen & Nilsen 150-151) 21

  22. !Sewing Metaphors • Amending the constitution • Biased • Binding legislation • Border crossings • Bordering on embarassment • Canvassing a neighborhood • Fabric of someone’s life • Fabrication (lie) • Fringe benefits • Fringe group • On the fringes • Tearing or ripping into an opponent (Nilsen & Nilsen 152-153) 21

  23. !!More Sewing Metaphors • All tied up • Denouement • Hemming and Hawing • Needling someone • On pins and needles • Patch someone through (telephone) • Patterns of behavior • Pin money • Seamy side of life • Tailoring a class (Nilsen & Nilsen 154-155) • and • You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear .  21

  24. !!!Bursa/Purse Metaphors 21

  25. !!!Bursa/Purse Metaphors 21

  26. Reference Nilsen, Alleen Pace, and Don L. F. Nilsen. Vocabulary Plus High School and Up: A Source Based Approach. Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2004. www.ablongman.com/nilsen 21