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Churning stomach?

(6 Posts)
civilfawlty Tue 14-Aug-12 20:16:35

Is the use of churning to describe a swirly, anxious tummy, a metaphor? Settle a 'discussion' with my dh please! Ta

MirandaGoshawk Tue 14-Aug-12 22:10:47

I'm not an expert but I wouldn't think it's a metaphor - just a description.

So who says it is, then - you or him?

MaryMotherOfCheeses Tue 14-Aug-12 22:12:44

No, just an adjective.

It's describing what the noun is doing.

NomNomingiaDePlum Tue 14-Aug-12 22:22:01

Hmm. It's definitely not literal, though - stomachs don't actually churn, do they? I'd say a metaphor.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Tue 14-Aug-12 22:32:52

I think if you've got butterflies (which is metaphorical) your stomach quite literally feels like it's churning, it is turning over.

So adjective.

cardibach Fri 24-Aug-12 20:55:04

I'd say it was comparing the feeling in the stomach to the action made when churning butter. THe stomach isn;t actually moving at all, is it? (Biologists? Help?) I'd say that made it a metaphor. Not a great one, though.

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