Ordinary language is all right.
One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.
'The child's taunt, "My old cat will probably be dancing with" - if it really is a taunt and not the involuntarily friendly image of child, cat, and mouse dancing, the two animals on their hind legs - once appropriated by the poem, no longer has the last word.'
'The whole thing comes to depend thus on the quality of bewilderment characteristic of one's creature'
'This is the only Instance, it is believed, when he condescended to take Notice of any Thing that had been written against him; and here his chief Intention seems to have been to make Sport.'
'Yeah, suck it, I do read the paper.'
'We may not be the best people...'
'But we're not the worst.'
'Graduate students are the worst.'
In case you're wondering what to buy me for Christmas this year, I've decided to make it easy on you.
'It seems like she sleeps an awful lot.'
'They all do.'