Amusing Mixed Metaphor

Audiendus
Senior Lexiterian
Posts: 755
Joined: Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:08 pm
Location: London, UK

Amusing Mixed Metaphor

Postby Audiendus » Mon Sep 06, 2021 1:06 am

I read this recently:

"It will be necessary to push the boat out to keep everyone on board."

(i.e. it will be necessary to spend generously to ensure continued co-operation)

Two different nautical metaphors, absurdly juxtaposed!

User avatar
Slava
Grand Panjandrum
Posts: 6583
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:31 am
Location: Finger Lakes, NY

Re: Amusing Mixed Metaphor

Postby Slava » Mon Sep 06, 2021 7:09 am

"Push the boat out" is new to me. I don't get it, either. Keeping people on board makes sense, but this...? Anyone know what it's getting at? :?:
Life is like playing chess with chessmen who each have thoughts and feelings and motives of their own.

Audiendus
Senior Lexiterian
Posts: 755
Joined: Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:08 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: Amusing Mixed Metaphor

Postby Audiendus » Tue Sep 07, 2021 2:36 am

"Push the boat out" is a British saying, meaning "to be lavish in one's celebrations or spending". (It does not refer to celebrations in this instance.)

David Myer
Senior Lexiterian
Posts: 668
Joined: Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:21 am
Location: Melbourne

Re: Amusing Mixed Metaphor

Postby David Myer » Fri Nov 19, 2021 2:58 am

I have always enjoyed mixed metaphors.

This is the thin end of the carrot.

And so on.

And I came across this nice one last week in an email from The Greens political party.

This in an email from The Greens:
Vice-chancellors are earning millions while students are funneled through like cash cows.
I am not sure quite what a cash cow looks like, but I suspect it would take some funnel not to clog. They might as soon pass through the eye of a needle.

David


Return to “Idioms”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests