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11. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting Purdy

Quoting Utrecht

Smart blonde

Ohhhhhhhhh - offensive - lm living as a blonde these days thank you Michael.....

Well, I suppose you are a smart blonde then, no offensive taken;)

My friend has a golden retriever and its really smart.

12. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 7y

Quoting Swept Away

What exactly is a mixed metaphor? How is it different from an Oxymoron?

This article explains it quite well....http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/mixed-metaphors.aspx

A mixed metaphor is where two (or maybe more) metaphors are used together in a way that doesn't work. More often, mixed metaphors refers to when well known, commonly used metaphors or sayings are are jumbled up.

So for example...."Bull in a china shop" refers someone who is likely to cause damage wherever they go, either by being clumsy or saying the wrong thing. Likewise, a "loose cannon" is someone who is a danger of offending people by not thinking what they are saying or doing stupid things. So you can see how someone might mix these two metaphors up, as their meanings are similar, and you could end up with:

"A cannon in a china shop"

These are all a bit confusing if it is your second language.

An oxymoron is where two contrasting images are put together...for example "bittersweet" "organised chaos" hence the "smart-blonde" has therefore been posted in the wrong thread as the joke is that its supposed to be an oxymoron.

Here are some good ones

more mixed metaphors

13. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

What the hell this?

I probably been mixed metaphors at the age of 6, but I've grown up. Is this a pop culture evolution. I don't Prince Harry knows about this language and he aint ESL.

Though some of it is just common sense. If I am in a bar and I get'' such expressions from a DRUNK and Incomprehensible Scottish traveller, I'd still get what he means. Well its interesting. But I assume some lines are way too Guy Ritchie.

14. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Quoting Swept Away

What exactly is a mixed metaphor? How is it different from an Oxymoron?

Both exhibit the wonderful nuances of the English language; if you can have a bull in china shop or a needle in a haystack, why not a bull in a haystack or a needle in a china shop, though I think the former has a better graphic image than the latter or as someone I know one said they were so excited they were stamping their feet in the air. What more can one say, only I'll save the best one for another post?

15. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

A clever British politician

16. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

If you can't take the heat, it's worth two in the bush.

17. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

That bartender from the movie "Boon dock Saints" had the best ones.

18. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Green fingers.

19. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

At the risk of upsetting the whole apple tart....

20. Posted by carib909 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

What would , "Look at music" be classified as?