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.
'… units of half a day at least.'
The Tragedy of the Digital Commons
'… recruiters are instructed to attack a prospective student's pain, guilt, and anxiety.'
'Two of the most exciting rappers of their generation are in love…'
'The End of the Three-Volume Novel System'
'… otherwise, you are just an asshole with a Ph.D. coming in to show off and confuse people.'
'… what's bad is human too, and whatever is human is not so bad.'