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    Circus peanuts don’t contain nuts

    This is obvious. Circus peanuts don’t have nuts, legumes or anything else that resembles a nut.

    They’re a metaphor. Or perhaps a simile, it depends on your level of pedantry.

    And yet, many people have a hard time with metaphor. Metaphor, not memorization, is the heart of learning.

    If you understand A, and you see that B is like A but a little different, now you understand B.

    Memorization is brittle. Metaphor scales.

    Metaphor helps us create the next thing and find our footing when confronted when the new.

    I believe that understanding metaphor is a skill. We can get better at it.

    Find some circus peanuts you don’t understand and decode them.

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