by Kathleen Kaska
I’m back with more metaphor commentary just in case you need another dose. Mixing metaphors—combining two unrelated idioms—is considered a grammatical faux pas. But in the right circumstances, mixing metaphors fosters a more creative comparison, makes your readers think, and may even produce chuckles.
ϖ Don’t eat with your mouth open for business.
ϖ I’ll ride shotgun in the backseat.
ϖ Earl tucked tail and left in a cloud of smoke.
ϖ Tis better to have loved and lost, than to slam the door on a bad marriage.
ϖ When life hands you a lemon, make an ice-cream sundae.
ϖ Shape up or sink like a stone.
ϖ Don’t count your chickens before you put your eggs in one basket.
ϖ Beating around the bush will get you in deep water.
ϖ Cross that bridge after you’ve burned it.
ϖ The quiet before the storm preceded a blast from the past.
ϖ Wake up and smell the writing on the wall.
ϖ If you lie down with dogs, you’ll wake up in hot water.
ϖ You can lead a horticulture but you cannot make her think.
Finally, what would a blog on mixing metaphors be without mentioning the master metaphor-mixer, Yogi Berra? Here are a few of my favorite Yogisms:
ϖ “Pair up in threes.”
ϖ “Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.”
ϖ “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
ϖ “No one goes there [restaurant] anymore, it’s too crowded.”
ϖ “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.”
Please share your most entertaining, irritating, or comical metaphors with us. We’d love to read them.