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A fifth grade teacher was questioning her students use of the word "like."

She explained that, contrary to their common use of it, "like" was not an adjective but a comparison word.

She then challenged them to think up some similes to exemplify the lesson. This done, she moved on to ask about other figures of speech.

"Class, what others can you think of?"

No one in the class could come up with anything, so she prompted them with a couple of her own.

"How about metaphors and personification?" she asked. "Aren't they examples?"

Wayne raised his hand, and when called upon said, "I know what a metaphor is, but not personification."

The teacher replied, "What's the word to describe what I'm saying when I point to that old willow tree and say 'He's saluting us with his branches.'

Or what if I asked the sun to send us some sunshine?

Or if I said 'That field of tall grass is waving at us?
What word best describes what I'm doing when I speak like that?"

Wayne thought for a moment, then said, "Hallucinating?"

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