Tag Archives: mixed metaphor

If your eyes are on the ground, where did you put your boots?

I keep a very long list of potential topics for this blog. It tracks unusual words and phrases, odd or incorrect usages, new coinages and definitions, as well as all sorts of things that I happen to find interesting at … Continue reading

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If a pyramid has rungs, does a ladder have steps?

A brief post, simply to scratch a linguistic itch. Gliding very gently into first place as the worst mixed metaphor of the week is: “You’re the lowest rung on the pyramid.” As bad mixed metaphors go this is pretty tame, … Continue reading

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Why Gorillas, Elephants, and Skeletons Don’t Mix (or, Keeping your metaphors clear)

Here’s one for the occasional series on bad mixed metaphors: Gregory Jaffe, with the Washington-based consumer group the Center for Science in the Public Interest, calls Monsanto “the gorilla in the closet. They are this technology’s and this industry’s spokesperson.” … Continue reading

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An Easter Egg In My Stocking!

It’s only Monday, but it’s going to be really hard to beat this entry for worst mixed metaphor of the week*: “It’s an Easter egg hunt, looking for eggs out there. And when you come up with something like this, … Continue reading

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Have you “seamlessly eliminated” your singing octopuses?

Here is a weird mixed phrase recently encountered while editing: “seamlessly eliminated“ It took only a few seconds of pondering to break it down: it’s a jammed-together construction created from “seamlessly integrated” and “completely eliminated.” Think of it visually and … Continue reading

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