Fishing For Compliments

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Have you ever fished for a compliment?  Maybe hinted around to someone about a new haircut or awesome pair of shoes hoping they would say something about them? Well, if you did you were fishing for a compliment!  

“Fishing for a compliment” is an example of figurative language.  This type of language is different than literal language.

Faye mentions the hat she made in hopes that someone will compliment her on it. She is fishing for a compliment.


When you use literal language you mean what you say.  Read the caption below the picture for an example of literal language:


Nathan is fishing for a rainbow trout at Water Ranch on our field trip.


When I say that Nathan is fishing for rainbow trout I mean exactly that.  This is literal.  Sometimes literal language can be kind of boring.  So, good writers use figurative language to spice up their writing.  Hey, I just used more figurative language…”spice up their writing!”

Figurative language is almost the opposite.  When you use figurative language, you mean something different than what you are saying.  Check out some of the figurative statements below each picture.


Figurative Language While Fishing on PhotoPeach


What type of figurative language could you come up with for this picture?



4 thoughts on “Fishing For Compliments

  1. Hello, Fraher.

    Are you baiting the hook in the hope of reeling in a compliment for your post? 🙂

    This is a very interesting post as it explores a way of enhancing your writing. I also like to use metaphors, similes and other examples of figurative speech but a favourite can be the hyperbole because the hyperbole can be so big an exaggeration as to be seen as impossible. An example from your picture…

    He said he had caught so many fish he could feed the whole world for weeks.

    Isn’t it amazing how we can improve our writing when we practise different ways of presenting ideas, especially using figurative speech? 🙂

    Teacher, NSW, Australia

  2. Hi Mrs Fraher
    I like the way you’ve used all different kinds of figurative language with your pictures – some are as easy as pie to use, whilst others are deeply dastardly downright difficult! Well it looks as warm as toast over there in Arizona, which is more than can be said for Yorkshire – my feet are snowballs!
    Hope some of our Stanleys get sent out to Arizona – they could do with some of your sunshine!
    Mrs M & A Room with a View

  3. Hi Mrs. Fraher’s class,

    Our class really enjoyed your video. Great job! We learned a lot about figurative language from your video. We learned about similies, idioms and alliteration.

    Did you have fun making the video? Was the background real? Were you on a field trip at that time?

    Thank you for sharing your work,
    Mrs. Moore’s class

    • Mrs. Moore’s Class,

      We are glad you enjoyed our post. We learned a lot about figurative language making it. We had a great deal of fun making the video-especially the trip part of it. Mrs. Fraher received a grant from Arizona Fish and Wildlife. She was able to take our whole class on a field trip fishing. Mrs. Goucher’s class went with us because she is the one that told Mrs. Fraher about the grant. Each of us had our own fishing pole. Out of 58 students who went, we only caught six fish. They were very impressive rainbow trout but we couldn’t keep them. The background was real because we were at Water Ranch in Gilbert. It is a very interesting place because they have lakes, hiking trails, and a riparian preserve. Do you know what a riparian preserve is? There are many different species of birds that are at a riparian preserve. We saw many of them, including a blue heron and red-winged blackbird. You should go there.

      Mrs. Fraher’s Class

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