To put faces on stones, as children do, is to attempt to bring the dead to life.
To be stony-faced is to render a living thing, the human body, death-like.
To be stoned is to be suspended halfway between life and death. Stuporous.
To be stoned is to be pelted with rocks until you are dead.
To be a human is to be made up of elements, mostly water. To be a rock is to be a collection of minerals. Like humans, rocks are subject to a cycle of destruction. They form. They break down.
To be a rock band is not at all the same as being a band of rock.
To a human, a stone is hard. They are not to be thrown at other humans, except those who carry machine guns. To a stone, there is no such thing as a human.
To a reader of the Bible, a stone and a stone (large and small) should not be carried. There are no more stones. Only kilograms.
To those who live in glass houses: don’t throw stones (who lives in a glass house? Do you?)
To the Greeks, Medusa was a monstrous human female with snakes for hair. To look at her was to turn to stone. (If you take your love from me/I’ll turn to stone, turn to stone/If your love I couldn’t call my own/I’ll turn to stone, turn to stone.)
To me you are perfect a rock. Love me like a rock (she rocks me like the rock of ages).
To Erasmus Burger, a PhD Student in geology at the University of Pretoria, the opposite of a stone would be an artificial and organic liquid. Because synthetic insulin is made from genetically modified bacteria, Erasmus would go with that.
To be a rock is to risk thermal shock. T h e r m al s ho c k is when a t herm al gradient ca uses diffe rent par ts of an ob ject t o e xp a nd by d ifferent a m ounts.