Thursday, December 04, 2008

What Grinds my Gears

You know what really grinds my gears?

People who latch onto a metaphor and carry it on too long. Say like you're in a conversation with somebody and you talk about "righting the ship." Maybe not an inspired turn-of-phrase, but acceptable. So this other person talks about the ship needing a "new captain." Alright. Fair enough. Touche, even.

Then the conversation meanders for a bit and he hits you back with some conceit that involves "the first officer planning a mutiny on the bow" or "navigating around the icebergs of the seas." Too much. Too far. Let it go. A metaphor is a literary tool, not a crutch.

God that really grinds my gears.



Blogger Doug Shugarts said...

Ride the clutch, my friend. Ride the clutch.

December 04, 2008  
Blogger Jerry Zezima said...

All hands on dreck! Have some port. It'll make you ship-faced. Then you can tell this nautical nut that he's gone overboard. Take a bow and wave goodbye.

December 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic!

December 04, 2008  
Blogger Lucie said...

Shiver me timbers. I see pirates approaching. Paging Mr. Dick.

December 04, 2008  

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