According to Graham King in his book Collins Improve your Writing Skills, a simile “makes a direct comparison between two dissimilar things”, for example, as fit as a fiddle or as drunk as a skunk and similes are usually joined by the introductory words ‘as’, ‘like’, ‘as if’ or ‘as though’. Bernard C Lamb in his book The Queen’s English calls them ‘figures of speech’ that can also be called clichés if they are overused.
So, should we use them in our writing? The answer is it’s up to you, but although these phrases can sometimes make our writing seem a little tired, they can also liven up a poem or article when used well.
Here are a few similes used in sentences:
- Sophie looked as snug as a bug in a rug in her new sleeping bag
- I was as busy as a bee doing my chores this morning.
- The film made her cry even though she’s usually as tough as old boots.
- He was as happy as a lark when I picked him up from school.
If would like to see some more examples of similes – English Club have a great list.
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