First of all, we have to say what opportunities and objects are. By defining these words, we will clarify our understanding of the metaphors involving them. An opportunityis an occasion or situation which makes it possible to do something that you want to do or have to do, or the possibility of doing something. Some synonyms are break, chance, occasion or opening.These nouns refer to a favorable or advantageous circumstance or combination of circumstances.
An opportunity is an auspicious state of affairs or a suitable time: "If you prepare yourself . . . youwill be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears" (Eleanor Roosevelt).
An occasion suggests the proper time for action: New Year is an auspicious occasion; an occasion forcelebration.
An opening is an opportunity affording a good possibility of success: She waited patiently for her opening, and then exposed the report's inconsistency.
A chance often implies an opportunitythat arises through luck or accident: Would you give me a chance for us to chat? There is no chance of losing against his team.
A break is an often sudden piece of luck, especially good luck: Afterthat film, she got her first big break in Hollywood. Give me a break!
Opportunities were born metaphorical
Opportunities are mental nouns. An object is a thing you can see or touch but that isnot usually a living animal, plant or person. As we will see, most of the metaphors have to do with ways of catching and throwing, which is usually what you do with objects. We personally think that weuse opportunities as objects because there is no such verb with the meaning of to give the opportunity, such as “opportunitize”. The word opportunity comes from Latin opportunus. Ob is the Latinpreposition which means “in the direction of” + portus which means “harbor” and originally describes the wind towards the harbor, hence seasonable to sail on. If we take a closer look, the very...