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.