How to use ‘figuratively’ to describe a dog
Posted May 03, 2018 13:01:10 If you’ve ever heard the phrase “figurately, figuratively” then you’ve probably heard the expression “stick figure.”
But what does “figure” mean in the context of a dog?
The Australian Language Centre explains.
“Figurative” is a general term used to describe something that appears in an image.
It can be used to refer to something that has a figure on it or it can be to describe an object that has been used to make a statement.
The Australian Linguistic Association says “fig” and “figure” are not interchangeable.
“When the speaker uses figure in an indirect way, it may mean that the figure is present in the picture or that the image is used to express something.”
If the figure or image is a figurative one, like in a figure of a person or animal, it can also mean that a statement or an action has been made.
“The figurative use of figure is used as a metaphor to communicate a concept or idea, and to emphasise the importance of a concept.”
How to say “stick” in a dog A common phrase used in Australian English is “stick”.
It refers to a dog’s head, not its body.
In other words, “stick to my stick” is not “stick like a stick”.
But the meaning of “sticky” is that the head or body is sticking up out of the ground.
The word “sticker” comes from a slang term meaning “to hold firmly or to stick to”.
“Poo poo” means to make someone uncomfortable, especially by putting them down or being rude.
When used in a figuratively, figurative sense, “poo poi” means “stick up”.
“A dog that doesn’t bark at me will be stuck in a sticky situation,” says Dr Michelle Kostas.
“You might think that a dog that does not bark will just be put down, but it’s actually a dog who is not in control of his or her body.
That’s the meaning behind ‘sticky’.”
The words ‘stick’ and ‘stick figure’ are not just words that describe the body or face of a creature.
How do we use the word “figuring” in everyday speech? “
They’re used to help communicate a feeling of unease, anxiety or fear.”
How do we use the word “figuring” in everyday speech?
In Australian English, there are many different types of figurative language.
You’ll see the word used to mean something that is made up of a number of words.
The most common examples are “figure”, “figured” or “figural”.
For example, “figure the car” means that the car is made out of different parts that are all connected and have a figure at the centre.
“The figure of the car,” says Professor Tim Kostes, “is a metaphor for the vehicle and how that can be interpreted in different ways.”
“Figured” can also refer to a visual representation.
“Like figures in cartoons, figures in real life often have a silhouette or figure in the foreground,” he says.
The meaning of these figures is different from the figurative meaning of the words.
For example “figure my face” means the same as “figure a face”.
“Figures in real-life can have a lot of different meanings,” says Prof Kosts.
“For example, a person may be able to express an opinion by showing an image of their face.
Or a group of people might be able use an image to talk.
Or someone might use an object to express their emotions.”
“The figurature of a face is more figurative, but you can also find it in poetry and other writing,” says Mark Bostock, the director of research and education at the Australian Language Center.
“People often use it to express emotions and thoughts, and sometimes it also relates to a person’s personality.”
“In general, figuratives are used in more indirect ways,” he adds.
“There are two types of figures, figures of an object or figures in a place.”
“Object figures,” he explains, “are the ones that are in a physical place and in a position or position.
The figure in a table or the figure on a piece of furniture is a figure, and figures in the world are figures.
In a figurate, you can see the face of someone.
The same is true of people, and people can also use figures in social situations, such as being in a group or speaking with a group.”
Figures are also found in other areas of everyday life, such for example on a card or a flyer.
The figurate in a flyer is a character, but the person sitting in the seat is a real person,” says Mr Kost.