Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
You made your bed, now sit on it!
Leave no stone un-squeezed
Don't count your chickens before walking on eggshells
Don't count your chickens before the horse.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
(I came up with that pun, I'm so proud of it!!!)
What's good for the goose isn't good for a wild goose chase.
You dropped the ball, and now it's in your court.
Another day, another dollar short.
Don't throw stones in a glass bottom boat.
All bark and no bite makes Jack a dull boy.
Let's get straight to beating around the bush.
(That last one reminds me of one from the Rutles: "he grabbed the wrong end of the stick, and preceded to beat around the bush with it.")
From Jen M:
Someone asked me, "Hey do you have tickets to the gun show? Cuz those pythons are sick!" Hello mixed metaphor!
A glass half full is better than no loaf at all.
Up shit creek without a pot to piss in.
I just thought of one:
People who see the glass as half full shouldn't throw stones.
Monday, July 28, 2008
The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Edit: So my friend Cindy pointed out that the incorrect saying is "The proof is in the pudding." - this is actually a legitimate saying! So I have to retract this one, since it is not a mixed metaphor.
But I will just add this: The proof of the pudding is eating a horse.
(This isn't too far off, since gelatin is made from hooves and bones.)
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
A nail in the coffin is worth two in the bush.
which made me think:
It's like finding a nail in a bush.
Also last night Rob and I came up with:
You made your boat, now sleep in it.
(Its not really too clear where the boat came from, but it amused us).
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
"A horse in a cave."
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
A penny saved is a penny earned; that's my two cents.
I can stop on a wooden nickel.
Another day, another wooden nickel.
If you see a wooden nickel, don't pick up a cent.
The buck stops on a dime.
And this is not a mixed metaphor exactly, but I think its amusing:
Statistic: A quarter of all operations are two-bit.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I'm so hungry I could kick a dead horse in the mouth.
here's one I made with Rich:
The early bird killed the cat with 1 stone.
here's some more. Birds are fun:
There's more than one way to kill 2 birds with one stone.
A bird in the hand is worth two you kill with one stone.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Fate is a cruel snake, with bitter herbs and spices.
So I was just thinking:
Hell hath no fury like freezing over.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I woke up on the wrong side of the tracks.
The grass is always greener on the wrong side of the tracks.
The early bird opens up a can of worms.
Curiosity killed two birds with one stone.
Don't reinvent the squeaky wheel.
Reinvent the wheel and the world will beat a path to your door.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
1. Discussing Laura Palmer's addiction to cocaine, Audrey said she had "a sweet tooth for nose candy."
2. Pete Martel says he's "So tired" "you could eat a horse." finished Josie Packard.
Which got me thinking:
I'm so tired, I could look a gift horse in the mouth.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Don't shit on the hand that feeds you.
You've gotta live life to the fullest to the brim.
Monday, May 19, 2008
(They sell maternity clothes - in case you don't get the mixup, its between "Two peas in a pod" and "A bun in the oven.")
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
"Beat a dead horse in the mouth."
I burst out laughing. Now I have to sit down and go through all of these notes to see if there are any other gems.
I think Microsoft saw the handwriting on the wall early on.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I realize that this blog isn't really living up to its title. When I started it Kevin predicted this exact problem, and suggested I call it "Frequent Mixed Metaphor" or "Periodic Mixed Metaphor" but they just don't sound as good, do they?
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Someone let the cat out of a wet paper bag.
Gio came up with a bunch of variations on the theme of letting the cat out of the bag:
We'll bag that cat when we get to it.
A rolling bag gathers no cats.
You can lead a cat to a bag but you can't make him drink.
Don't put the bag before the cat.
That's a whole different bag of cats.
And another from me:
I just opened up a bag of cats.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Which got me thinking: There's more than one way for a dead cat to bounce.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Unlocking your hidden heritage
Which I explained to my friend is a mixed metaphor since it mixes a metaphor of a locked door with a hidden treasure. He didn't believe me, but he's wrong. That's ok, I still love him.
So I'll be back in the states next week but to hold you over until then here is one coming from the Clinton campaign.
Pesident Clinton worked the western part of the state while his wife was in the eastern half at the front end of a six-week sprint until Pennsylvania's primary.
"Hillary, Chelsea and I expect to cover Pennsylvania like a wet blanket between now and April 22," he said. -source
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Sorry its been a while since I updated this. I'll have to make it up to you somehow.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Birds of a feather catch the worm.
You can't squeeze blood from a bird in the hand.
Light as a feather flocks together.
I'm sure you can think of some as well! Put them in the comments.
I still haven't drawn any pictures. Sorry!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
I'll try to come up with a mixed metaphor about jars:
Caught with your red hand in the cookie jar
Here's another one off the top of my head:
Break a leg to stand on.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Also, a bonus mixed metaphor!
My boss said this once and it still confuses me to this day: "We're in a pickle, so tell us what we can do to get out of the jar."
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
This mixed metaphor is impressive because it's a result of convergent evolution; my friend Rich and I both came up with it independently. I don't know exactly how he came up with it, probably just a result of his smartness, but in my case I actually heard someone at work use a variation on it, "We'll jump off that bridge when we come to it."
Rich also wrote me with a bunch of mixed metaphors he came up with. Please enjoy them as much as I did!
"If the shoe fits, walk a mile in it."
"When you assume, you make an ass from a hole in the ground."
"Not the sharpest bulb in the drawer."
"creme de la d'etat" (this is a Fench mixed metaphor!)
Friday, February 22, 2008
News: I'm going to start making drawings to accompany the mixed metaphors. Get ready for your collective minds to be blown!
Also, I was reading an article about these new beer bottles that can be reused as bricks. Someone made the following comment in relation to the article: Man who live in glass bottle house should not throw parties.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Also, I came back to my desk and I overheard my boss say, referring to some Casanova, "The women flocked to him like chickens." I don't even know what she was talking about.
This made me think of an even better mixed metaphor: The women flocked to him like chickens with their heads cut off.
I never imagined that so many people used mixed metaphors every day. It seems like every day there's more. One a day is not even a challenge.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
"You can't have the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and eat it too."
"Give peace a break." (a friend saw this, a fake John McCain campaign slogan)
"It begs three questions." from a book a friend of a friend was reading.
(For more information on begging the question, click here)
Winning is half the battle.
I also thought of this one: Knowledge is half-full. I know that's how I feel sometimes.
Guest-submitted: Nobody is acknowledging the pink elephant in the room.
Another bonus from real life: Today I heard someone say that something "tweaked her interest," and "I smell a ratatouille." There are plenty more out there, so keep your thinking caps peeled, and send them my way!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Not exactly a mixed metaphor, more like a mixed pickup line. My friend called and had come up with this mixup to an already gross pickup line: "Hey baby, got any Irish in that coffee? Want some?" I take no responsibility for this one.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Not a mixed metaphor, but today I heard someone say "The world is at a breaking point, literally." I love it when people incorrectly use the world literally. Kevin asked me the other day what it would mean if someone said "that sandwich gave me heartburn, literally." Does the expression heartburn which is a metaphor in itself, does that get modified to mean literally the heart is burning? Or is the concept of 'getting heart burn' usually figurative but the speaker is clarifying that it is actually happening.
I hope it's the former.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Bonus mixed metaphor I heard someone say today: Someone referring to a dream as "a puzzle I longed to unlock." This is not as funny as the mixed-expressions I'll be posting every day, but this is a good example of a mixed metaphor for those of us who like English grammar; the metaphor begins comparing a dream to a puzzle, but then changes the metaphor to compare it to a locked door.
Check in tomorrow for another mixed metaphor.