mixed metaphor


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mixed metaphor

a combination of incongruous metaphors, as when the Nazi jackboots sing their swan song
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First, here are a few standard-issue mixed metaphors, gleaned via my reading of newspapers and other media:
So let's review: A mixed metaphor is a combination of two figures of speech that unintentionally results in an incongruous or impossible image: "The proposal is on the back burner in a holding pattern.
The internal memorandum he sent to another British squad in which he made jokes about 'boobs' and the mixed metaphor laden garbage he spouted at press conferences meant Collins should never have been appointed.
HA quality mixed metaphor from Chris Kamara on Monday evening.
May Day is built on contrasting images of boundless fertility and perpetual virginity, which is just the mixed metaphor Doris Day brings to mind.
To conclude, a remarkable instance of a mixed metaphor that manages the feat of having the metaphors contradict each other:
Murphy explained - in mixed metaphor - how McCoy and his horse helped to bring the best out in each other.
There's little point in going on about the Oxford comma, the hanging participle, the subsidiary clause, the mixed metaphor, the split infinitive or the subjunctive mood while knowledge of the language's basic structure is so sorely lacking.
It could be the Scots who swing it for Tony Blair but we should not be led down the garden path by this particular red herring, if you'll pardon the mixed metaphor.
The magazine under her editorship displayed a great deal of care and talent,' he said, 'but it ended up coming off like a mixed metaphor, a collection of components that continually evoked the old New Yorker but for no particular reason.
Another trend is the apparent reluctance of some to be satisfied with one mixed metaphor, preferring a string of them.
In previous Word Ways articles, I've distinguished between classic mixed metaphors, which are characterized by incongruous or impossible or ludicrous images, and what I dubbed mashed metaphors, which are awkward juxtapositions, often strings of cliches.