Misuse of Metaphors

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  1. RegularJim

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    I recently read a thread on the misuse and overuse of certain words and turns of phrase. While I believe everyone has their "pet violation" that rubs them the wrong way, sometimes these can be a lot of fun. Once, while stuck on a job site, my friend Alex and I started mixing and misusing common components of popular metaphors on purpose for entertainment. For example, "I was sweating like a church mouse in a china shop", or "The watched pot calling the kettle black".

    We entertained ourselves for days with this so I thought I would share this here. I'm looking forward to seeing more. Literally.
     
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    Classic misuse by news reporters: x number of people evacuated.
     
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    An old teacher of mine once said “We’ll come to that bridge when we cross it”...
     
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    Yes, I do it just to mess with people. My favorite is “I’ll burn that bridge when I get to it”.
     
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    Some people can't tell the difference between metaphor and simile. :)
     
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    My mom is amazing when it comes to mangled phrases:)
    My favorite is a simile of hers~
    "I slept like a lead balloon."
     
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    "We all have a bear we have to cross." A mangled metaphor by the character Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reily (Gary Burghoff).
     
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    He's up a tree without a paddle.

    Don't count your chickens without a paddle.
     
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    I forgot a big one. I think it was Archie Bunker who said:

    When in Rome, do as the Romanians do.
     
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    When a "metaphor" doesn't work, try a "meta-five."
     
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