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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"So my Grandma Reynolds was always saying when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I wish she was still alive because I'd really like to ask what she suggests for when life gives you chlamydia."

This is an American cliché advising the making of opportunities out of adversity. I'm grateful for M. Phelan's paper, "Recent Rumblings from a Dead Theory of Metaphor," for this:

"Some metaphors are certainly related to imagistic experiences general enough that most people have had them. Experiences with lemons and lemonade, for example, are common enough that a theorist may plausibly maintain that anyone who understands the metaphor, 'when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,' is made non-inferentially to imagisticly experience life in the relevant way by the metaphor. Despite the anomalousness of such an account, one might plausibly maintain that some experiences are common enough that people can generally and non-inferentially be made to enter imagistic states related to them upon hearing certain metaphors. Propositional contents merely implied by these imagistic states in which understanding certain metaphors consists may be those by virtue of which many people agree or disagree with certain metaphors, argue using certain metaphors, or use certain metaphors in other cognitive exercises. But with other metaphors it seems far less likely that many people could be non-inferentially made to have the imagistic experiences that could imply the ideas that are explicitly disagreed with, which bear weight in the ways the cognitive exercises of which they are a part demand, or which are generally captured in paraphrase."

Got that? I'd say it's easier to make chlamydiade.

2.20 "Look Who's Stalking"

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