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Metaphor Minute: Unforgettable Valentines Greetings

The METAPHOR MINUTE Newsletter by Anne Miller

February 14, 2013

Unforgettable Valentine Greetings

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 180 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged industry wide, making Valentine’s Day the second-largest holiday for giving greeting cards. But with so many pre-printed sentiments in circulation, how do you make your valentine message really stand out for that special person in your life?

Add a little Cole Porter to those store-bought cards.

Cole Porter was the famous songwriter of the 1930s and 1940s who wrote the lyrics for “You’re the Top!” In that song, he used no fewer than 45 metaphors from the Mona Lisa to the Tower of Pisa to express his adoration.

“You're the top!
You're the Coliseum.
You're the top!
You're the Louvre Museum.”

Become a modern Cole Porter. Adapt his technique to your loved ones to make your cards this Valentine’s Day more personal, more fun, and more romantic. For example, does your valentine like…

  • To play cards? Add, “You’re my personal royal flush.”
  • To cook? Add, “You’re my perfect soufflé.”
  • To play sports? Add, “You’re always my Most Valued Player.”
  • To travel? Add, “You’re my favorite tour guide through life.”
  • To go to the movies? Add, “You’re my Oscar throughout the year."
  • To go to museums? Add, “You’re my favorite work of art.”
  • To fix things? Add, “You’re the only toolkit I will ever want in my life.”
  • To listen to music? Add, “You’re #1 on my BillBoard chart.”

Personalize your cards with appropriate images. Make yours the only one in 180 million greetings to really resonate with your honey.

Happy Valentine’s Day!.

Make What You Say Pay — With Metaphors.
Anne Miller

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