Posted by: episystechpubs | January 3, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Mixed Metaphors

Thursday is quiz day…but some of us are still easing back into things after the holidays. To make it easy on everyone today, we’ll skip the quiz, and instead, I have some information on mixed metaphors. From The Grammar Devotional, by Mignon Fogarty:

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee on the Wall: Mixed Metaphors

A metaphor is when you use something familiar to explain something else. Sports metaphors tend to be popular, and they’re also easy to mix. A sports metaphor is something like telling your employees It’s our turn at bat when it’s time to give a presentation. You’re comparing work to baseball. But be careful: if you said, “It’s our turn at bat, so let’s make a touchdown for the company,” you’d have mixed baseball and football metaphors, and your employees wouldn’t know whether to put themselves on a metaphorical baseball field or football field.

And now for some mixed metaphors that will hopefully give you a chuckle. These are from a collection at

· A rolling stone is worth two in the bush.

· Adam wasn’t always the brightest tool.

· Biting the hand that rocks the cradle…

· Can’t you read the handwriting in the wind?

· Dirty laundry is coming home to roost.

· He came out of it smelling like a bandit.

· He’s not the sharpest marble in the drawer.

· I could beat him with my eyes tied behind my back.

· I could see you itching at the bit.

· I’d walk a mile in a camel’s shoes to pass through the eye of a needle.

· I’ve got an ace up my nose.

· Ignorance is golden.

I hope you have a great day!

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor

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