Questions tagged [metaphor]

比喩. An analogy that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object

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Metaphorical equivalent of Timbuktu or Outer Mongolia

Does Japanese have any metaphorical equivalent to Timbuktu or Outer Mongolia (or, in the case of Australia, perhaps Woop Woop), meaning a remote or inaccessible place? Wiktionary recognises the ...
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Why is it お[腹]{なか}が[空]{す}いた but [腹]{はら}[減]{へ}った?

Is there any particular reason why the noun おなか goes with verb すく while the noun はら goes with the verb へる? Would it be weird if I use おなかへった or はらすいた? While on the same topic, does the 'starving' ...
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Translation of metaphorical meaning of “hieroglyphic”

To literally translate "hieroglyphic", when referring to a largely logographic writing system used by Ancient Egyptians, I think ヒエログリフ or something similar would be used. However, there's another, ...