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My arms were nearly full as I walked into my office, trying to balance Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Hawthorne's The Celestial Railroad, and countless other titles. One of the oddest finds was A Dictionary of Similes, printed in 1916. Needless to say I've spent an inordinate amount of time thumbing through it today, giggling to myself at the archaic references. Here are just a few.
- As incongruous as a blacksmith with a white silk apron
- As placid as a soft-shell crab on a plate of parsley
- As affable as a wet dog
- As crazy as a woman's watch
- As dry as a London newspaper
- As drunk as a boiled owl
- As jealous as a couple of hairdressers
- As round and pale as a pair of suet dumplings
- As wise as her mother's apron string
No doubt by the time I get all this booty home this evening, I will be 'limping like a sore-footed soldier striding to the band'... not to mention 'tired as tombstones'.