Figurative Language

A modern gentleman wonders at what point America’s cultural vocabulary became so literal.

Consider, for example, “who has the time?”

Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory" has been on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1934. I'm sure a modern art museum would like to display works less than 80 years old, but it has little choice. "melting clocks" typed in Helvetica on a photograph of a deserted beach doesn't have quite the same impact. I blame Andy Warhol.

A modern gentleman’s grandfather would respond to this honest question by checking his watch and stating the hour. This response is no longer appropriate. Most often the question is rhetorical, preceding a monologue about being busy.


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One response to “Figurative Language”

  1. thatwritinglady says :

    So true! What a shame–especially since none of us are really as busy as we think :).

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