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Mixed Metaphors (1 Viewer)

Olly Buckle

I saw this post and thought 'What a good idea'

Pamelyn Casto

I get a kick out of mixed metaphors.

Here are some by that prolific writer, Anonymous.

While we are ingesting the author's valuable insights, we may also be swallowing his blind spots.

The president will put the ship of state on its feet.

Don't count your chickens until you see the whites of their eyes.

And in the words of the great Archie Bunker (from the tv show All in the Family): "We better not, you know, kill our chickens before they cross the road."

So how about it, can you mix me some metaphors, your own or the ones of everyday speech?


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"You can lead a gift horse to water, but you can't look him in the mouth" (someone dropped this into online conversation years ago; we all promptly fell about in paroxysms of nerdrage)
"A bird in the hand is worth two with a stone" - same person

Olly Buckle

Not exactly a mixed metaphor, but there is a song of Billy Bragg's I have always liked.

"I am the milkman of human kindness, and I'll leave you an extra pint"

That is so good, love it.

In terms of twisting them there is the reply of Dorothy Parker asked to use the word 'Horticulture'. "You can lead a whore to culture but you can't make her think."

How about "Keep your bridges up your sleeve until you come to them" ?

I am beginning to visualise a character a bit like Mrs. Malaprop.