Mixing your metaphors

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  1. anim8or macrumors 65816

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    Hello All,

    At work we were talking about mixing up metaphors with funny results and i thought i would put it to the masses to see if anyone lese has experienced any funny mixed up metaphors.

    I'll start us off...

    A friend of mine once came out with:-

    "...that will certainly put the cat among the penguins!"

    and another:-

    "...i think i will bite the bullet by the horns..."
     
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    Sorry, I'd rather stick with mixed drinks at the bar. Mmmm... beer with a mohito or bloody mary chaser.
     
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    I mix metaphors on a regular basis, but I don't really use the same ones over and over, so I can't remember any offhand. Do it too much and people think you're slow or stupid, and treat you as such.

     
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    I don't need a compass to tell me which way the wind shines.
     
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  8. Shyfty macrumors member

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    I love mixed metaphors. Back in the day, we had a politician over here who was famous for his butchered turns of phrase.

    "A bird in the hand gathers no moss."
     
  9. anim8or thread starter macrumors 65816

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    "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice... you.. you ... you can't fool ma again!"

    or something like that!
     
  10. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Sometimes I say "Calm your horses" instead of "Calm down" and "Hold your horses"....
     
  11. Shyfty macrumors member

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    There's an old saying in Tennessee, I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee which says, 'fool me once... shame on... shame on you.

    ...

    Y'fool me, can't get fooled again.


    Love it.
     
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    'Wood don't grow on trees you know'

    Seriously - a woodworking teacher said that to a class in about 1994. We knew what he meant ( good wood is expensive, don't waste it etc ) but in terms of screwing that typical metaphor, he could not have got it better.
     
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    "There's no reason to fly off the bat"
    I mix them up a lot :eek:.
     
  15. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Same here... our state's governor for twelve years.

    If ya haf ta 'splain it, .... (i forget the rest)

    Not quite, but...
    90% of the game is half mental. -Yogi Berra
     
  16. King Mook Mook macrumors 6502

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    Don't mean to thread resurrect but I thought that this was the most appropriate topic to post my feelings on Mixed Metaphors.

    I totally love them! They can either show your wittiness, or your foolishness. It's good to differentiate. :p

    My favourite mixed metaphor is of "You've got your back to the wall" and "The writing's on the wall".

     
  17. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    I don't know who originally said it, but I use this mixed metaphor alot.

    "You snake in the grasses are barking up the wrong tree." It confuses the heck out people and they usually stop the accusations.:p
     
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  19. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Puzzling over the grammar would be enough to give me pause.
     
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    In high school, one of my friends butchered the common "Up a creek without a paddle" to "Up a creek without a river." I still use that one to this day.
     
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    We have a guy at work who is known for mixing up his metaphors, and not on purpose. Recently he said: "I'm on it like stink on rice".
     
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    "When we hit the beach running, ..."

    "Just wanted to put that on your richter scale."

    Former co-worker of my wife had two dogs: a rockweiler and a datsun.
     
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    A bullet by the horns is worth two in the bush!
     

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