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Teachers usually find that students become enthusiastic and energetic when they are discovering new things for themselves. This article points up some possibilities in teaching students to become "detectives," investigating the age and origin of words and phrases used in American simile and metaphor. An end result is sure to be a heightened feeling for literary style, with an increased appreciation for creative writing a possible "spinoff." Students may also gain a clearer picture of the cultural settings from which these figures of speech are derived.

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