Posted August 25, 2007 by lauowolf in Uncategorized. 10 Comments
Recently sighted malapropism.
Someone in an email was remarking on the sensitivity of birds, saying it was like the canary in the mine field.
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Posted by IG on August 25, 2007 at 8:43 am
hahaha – took me three full seconds to get that one. need more coffee? incurable senility? ah well.
Posted by Morgat on August 25, 2007 at 8:45 am
That is funny. So close, and yet so far…
Posted by Liz on August 25, 2007 at 8:48 am
oh, it's close enough for government work. for a english/grammar nazi? off with their head!
Posted by jaypo on August 25, 2007 at 9:41 am
LOL, lw! Perhaps an ex-canary in a mine field.
Posted by lauowolf on August 25, 2007 at 9:49 am
On the other hand….what bloody use would a canary be at that point?Bird flies over — it's okay, boys, I'm fine —
Posted by xina on August 25, 2007 at 1:06 pm
ha! what' next, "a bull in a coffee shop"?
Posted by Lauri on August 29, 2007 at 5:12 am
Oh that IS hilarious! And "a bull in a coffee shop" hahahaha!!!Let's see…my BIL was once "white as a beet" before he got a suntan!
Posted by lauowolf on August 29, 2007 at 10:06 am
I'm glad the beet simile was before the sun, anyway.Then it's just baffling rather than painful.
Posted by Lauri on September 1, 2007 at 11:30 am
He came up with another one, too….but I have been trying to remember it ever since. I think it was something like "flat as a doornail"….which could be ok if I only knew what a doornail was. "Flat as a dormouse"?It's going to bother me until I remember it.
Posted by lauowolf on September 1, 2007 at 11:39 am
I did work once for an anthropologist who was a non-native speaker who had learned lovely British English in the mission in his home country in Africa, but insisted on trying to pepper his writing with colloquial Americanisms.(Well, he needed to, because he studied American society.)My absolute favorite was when he was describing life in a tough inner-city neighborhood as a doggy dog world.Which, you know, doesn't make it sound all that bad.There are days I'd like to just go live in a doggy dog world myself.
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