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What is one metaphor used in "Me Talk Pretty One Day" that best captures its main idea?

A key metaphor used in “Me Talk Pretty One Day” is the attribution of laziness to parts of the body. The most important of these is in regards to the story's main idea is the narrator's “lazy tongue”. This refers to the narrator's bad pronunciation of French.

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To answer this question, we first need to establish what the main idea of Me Talk Pretty One Day is. This collection of humorous essays has a theme of language, vocabulary and vernacular running the whole way through. In "You Can't Kill the Rooster," for example, Sedaris comments on his brother's regular use of swear words. The titular essay, "Me Talk Pretty One Day," deals with Sedaris's struggles in learning French when living in Paris. In "Go Carolina," Sedaris tells readers about a school speech therapist's attempts to rid him of his lisp. It is therefore evident that we are looking for a metaphor that deals with language and speech.

The next matter we need to clarify is the definition of a metaphor. In simple terms, it is a phrase figuratively applied to something that it cannot be literally applied to. To put it another way, it is a figure of speech that helps to explain an idea without being literally true.

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