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  • An awkward figure of speech incorporating both simile and metaphor, e.g. "when my boss told me I couldn't sing in the office, it was like the straw that broke the camel's back."

    October 21, 2007

  • I think these are more common than you think, you're brain probably just interprets them as a normal metaphor.

    Edit: I wrote "you're probably", and then deciding to go back and add in "brain", which is the source of the cringe.

    October 21, 2007

  • The former English teacher in me is cringing, seanahan...

    October 22, 2007

  • People who don't understand the difference between similes and metaphors probably shouldn't use analogies at all.

    October 22, 2007

  • Wait a minute! This word doesn't have to do with flags and waving your arms?

    October 22, 2007

  • Could be. I wave flags and my arms when I come across a mixed metaphor. ;-)

    October 22, 2007

  • I realize that was a joke Sionnach, but see semaphore.

    October 23, 2007

  • Why?

    October 23, 2007

  • Why not?

    October 23, 2007

  • Because there weren't any comments and I already knew what it meant, so I learned nothing by doing so.

    October 23, 2007