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.
Not that that's got anything to do with whether it still snows.
The trees were already green; only now, though, does it seem as if they're greening.
Νέος ἐφ' ἡμέρῃ ἥλιος.