Is the glass half empty or half full?
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Is the glass half empty or half full? is an idiom.
The phrase describes two different ways of understanding the meaning of a situation.
Metaphor[change | change source]
The phrase is a metaphor. For example,
- According to musician Jelly Roll Morton, "If a glass of water is full, you can't add any more water, but if you have half a glass, you can always put more water in it -- and jazz music is based on the same principles."
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References[change | change source]
- Harley, Trevor. (2010). Talking the Talk: Language, Psychology and Science, p. 212.
- Heacock, Paul. (2003). Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms, p. 148.
- Ammer, Chritine. (1997). The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, p. 252.
- Sales, Grover. (1992). Jazz: America's Classical Music, p. 57.