Do You Sometimes Mix Up Well Known Phrazes?

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11 Oct 2019, 4:16 am

I don't know if everyone does this. I don't know if it is related to autism. I assume we all do this on occasions.

Example. I described someone as a "Minefield of information" intending it to be a compliament. I have used this phraze for years until one day my Mum heard me use it and say that it should be a "Mine of information". "Ohh" I thought. "Now it makes sense!"

Then wanting to expand my vocabularly in an english exam in school so that I could impress my english teacher I put "They were respectable pillocks of society". She wasn't amused as she thought I had done it on purpose. I didn't know it should have been pillars of society. I thought they said pillocks.

Anyone else mix things up of miss heard something and carried on with it?


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14 Oct 2019, 11:06 am

Bullocks ! Hope your mum is patient... lol. Prefers saying "minefield of information !"
Wealth of information , you sillyness. :lol:

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14 Oct 2019, 11:26 am

When I was younger someone told me the saying "music hath charms to sooth the savage beast" is really supposed to be "music hath charms to sooth the savage BREAST".

I guess if you're heart is pounding from negative emotions, it's like you have a savage breast. But I've always heard the saying end in beast. Maybe they changed it to beast in the Victorian age or something to avoid saying that shockingly offensive word. :lol:

I really wouldn't want to walk in a minefield, even if it was full of information, because in minefields every step you take could end in you getting blown up. If the mine releases a bunch of information when it explodes, I probably won't be listening to it much because I'll be horribly injured or killed. :skull:



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14 Oct 2019, 2:29 pm

Yes... you can use your imagination to figure out common expressions.

A "mine" is a hole down into the earth from which they get valuable ores (rocks that contain stuff like gold).

A "mine FIELD" is a dangerous acre of land where you have to watch your step or you will get your nuts blown off.

So someone who can be used as a source of knowledge might be thought of as "a mine of information".

A "minefield" might a be a touchy person who might explode if you say the wrong thing around them. Or it might be a sensitive issue that you might get many folks offended if you don't talk about it the exact right way.

Like that.

I sometime purposely mix up phrases as a joke. Like "not until the cows come home to roost".



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14 Oct 2019, 4:28 pm

I once called someone a "one horse pony", mixing up one horse town and one trick pony. First time was a mistake, but I use it all the time now. I tend to get funny looks.


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14 Oct 2019, 8:06 pm

BEware of Roosting Cows in one horse towns :) very good you guys


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15 Oct 2019, 1:47 pm

Jakki wrote:
BEware of Roosting Cows in one horse towns


Especially if they are bearing gifts! :D


(which raises the question: Was ancient Troy the original "one horse town"?)



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15 Oct 2019, 9:56 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
Jakki wrote:
BEware of Roosting Cows in one horse towns


Especially if they are bearing gifts! :D


(which raises the question: Was ancient Troy the original "one horse town"?)

Hmmm... a curiousity now ? Was the horses name actually Helena ? :D


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15 Oct 2019, 10:22 pm

Jakki wrote:
naturalplastic wrote:
Jakki wrote:
BEware of Roosting Cows in one horse towns


Especially if they are bearing gifts! :D


(which raises the question: Was ancient Troy the original "one horse town"?)

Hmmm... a curiousity now ? Was the horses name actually Helena ? :D


First I expanded upon your mixed up phrases by referring to Greeks bearing gifts, and then it occurred to that that reference to the Trojan War reminded me of towns and horses.

Don't know that the horse had a name.



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15 Oct 2019, 10:33 pm

for some reason, it always comes out of me as "things are just peaches and scream."



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15 Oct 2019, 10:42 pm

Mix metaphors, stir well. Cook until half baked.


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15 Oct 2019, 10:44 pm

well done is better.



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15 Oct 2019, 11:51 pm

auntblabby wrote:
for some reason, it always comes out of me as "things are just peaches and scream."


Priceless and on occasion prolly very apropriate... lol


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15 Oct 2019, 11:54 pm

old_comedywriter wrote:
Mix metaphors, stir well. Cook until half baked.


Wait .. people called me half baked .. is there a innuendo here?


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16 Oct 2019, 1:27 am

It just shows to go you that a stich in time saves lives.