Using similes are very effective. The use of similes serves to explain a concept that might be difficult to grasp. The benefit of using a simile is to create clarity of a statement by point of comparison, allowing the receiver to develop his own interpretation using the point of comparison that the simile suggests. A figure of speech bringing color to our daily converse. Using similes will highlight detail and add character to any description.

A simile used to help one imagine the feel of a tiny kittens’ paws was compared to raspberries in the palm of your hand. Unusual but quite effective. An unfortunate individual may never have experienced holding a very young kitten, but may have held raspberries or berries in the palm of their hand. With the simile used, they might capture the warming experience by imagining the feel of the kittens’ paws. Images prompted by a simile assist in understanding what someone is trying to convey.

While there are the traditional ones such as “As naked as a Jay bird”, an explanation using a comical simile could prove quite amusing and certainly get a chuckle out of someone. A witty simile, creating a fleeting picturesque glimpse of something funny, might lighten an otherwise awkward situation. And while traditional similes may be interpreted more accurately due to familiarity, others that are made up along the way do serve their purpose.

“As lazy as a Sloth” might only be interpreted once one had seen the animated movie “Ice Age.”

The use of similes certainly make life interesting. However the comparisons do not always make sense. Comparing someones’ behaviour who has just discovered true love is said to be “As smitten as a kitten.” This explicit simile would allow a lot of room for the imagination to capture the meaning. Although logic could argue that since one who has befallen the emotion of love and has developed a rosy glow in their face, could not be compared to a kitten, since kittens do not have cheeks with which to sustain a rosy glow. Nevertheless, the use of this simile provides an out of the ordinary example to convey the picture.

Using implicit similes leaves the listener to determine for themselves what the explanation might be referring to. And once again traditional similes are not necessarily the only ones used. An example would be…

“She is like a butterfly,” could mean that she is light, or colorful, or simply goes from flower to flower.

To sum up, similes are great for featuring ideas and communicating messages with clarity, while adding interest and color to the conversation.