mixed metaphor love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A succession of incongruous metaphors, as in The negotiator played his cards to the hilt.

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  • n. An overreaching or contradictory combination of two distinct metaphors, similes or idioms.

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  • n. a combination of two or more metaphors that together produce a ridiculous effect


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  • While I can't in all earnest agree with anyone who thinks Ernest In Love is an unappreciated musical masterpiece, this Irish Rep revival makes the most of its modest charms. And as someone sufficiently enamored with metaphors to edit a dictionary devoted to that poetic trope, how can I fail to be charmed by a musical that includes a song in which a lover (Algy in "Lost") declares his love with "For when I dare to think of you, all my metaphors get mixed/when I dare to look at you/ I stand silently transfixed."

    from review of Ernest In Love at http://www.curtainup.com

    December 21, 2009

  • That's a good one.

    January 26, 2007

  • Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

    January 25, 2007