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Rhetoric, then, must recognize that users will likely be working with--and thinking with--spatially mixed metaphors.
The following specimens are "pure" mixed metaphors, where the image created is incongruous or absurd or impossible.
But it was his mixed metaphors that had the nation choking on their cornflakes.
And so, a new era of wacky mixed metaphors has dawned in the land of the rising sun.
The sister, who has enabled him too long, finally rejects him in a cavalcade of mixed metaphors about snakes and birds living together.
Alas, mixed metaphors are the least of the woes besetting Superman - The Escape, a $15 million would-be Wonder of the World that's trying to avoid becoming America's tallest white elephant.
His guy spouts statements of mixed metaphors that swing from outrageous to mischievous, from outlandish to bizarre, that one is at a loss whether to take them seriously or as jokes.
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.
It's juggling all the usual images, sound bites and mixed metaphors even though its oldest clown Big Ron has been banished from the Big Top.
His use of mixed metaphors is legendary - but the trouble is, it's virtually impossible to know what he's talking about.
Pardon the mixed metaphors in this intro to my QandA that came out in the Inquirer in that frenzied week of Pope John Paul II's visit in 1995.
In past Word Ways articles, I've differentiated between true mixed metaphors, which combine incongruous, absurd, or unreal images ("It's the whole kettle of fish in a nutshell") and what I call mashed metaphors--where clashing tropes and cliches aren't contradictory or impossible, but which nevertheless create an awkward and ludicrous effect because of their proximity ("Investors smelling trouble can vote with their feet").