Similes are like, er…
The repeated stream of noise stirred Wang Fujing from his daydreams about his maths homework and resolved itself into his name when it was accompanied by nudging from his compagno de banco, Li Dingman.
“Big Nose is calling,” said Li in a low tone.
“About what?” asked Wang.
“About whatever he’s talking about.“
“What is he talking about?“
“I have no idea.“
“He’s talking about ‘similes’,” said Hu Lijing using the English word. “You compare two things using ‘like’ or ‘as’.“
“Can you give me an example of a simile?” asked the teacher gesturing to examples on the blackboard.
Wang thought about the question, which he did not really understand, and about what Hu Lijing had said. The word “like” caught his attention because it was a word he could vaguely remember.
“A simile,” said the teacher, reducing the whole request to the key word while knowing that that was unlikely to elicit an answer.
“I like pizza.” Wang did not care whether it was the correct answer, but he congratulated himself on using the word “like“.
“So you’re like a pizza?“
“Yes,” replied Wang provoking laughter from the rest of the class.
“Obviously one with very little topping,” remarked the teacher with a garnish of cryptic sarcasm.