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 degraded status of adjuncts is nowhere better seen than in the failure of their institutions to provide them with places to read.'
'an inner hush maybe, maybe not'
'What of the hands? We beg, we promise, call, dismiss, threaten, pray, entreat, deny, refuse, question, admire, count, confess, repent, fear, blush, doubt, instruct, command, incite, encourage, swear, testify, accuse, condemn, absolve, insult, despise, defy, vex, flatter, applaud, bless, humiliate, mock, reconcile, commend, exalt, entertain, rejoice, complain, grieve, mope, despair, wonder, exclaim, are slient, and what not, with a variation and multiplication that vie with the tongue.'
'The world is swarming with commentaries; of authors there is a great scarcity.'
The Lomax 1939 Southern States Collection of the Library of Congress, genre by state list
'the furthering of an event that goes far back'