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More Food Expressions

 

Apple pie

Apple pie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cheesy and corny got me thinking about other food words we commonly use in expressions. Here are some I came up with. (Here are some up with which I came. See why it’s fine to end sentences with prepositions?)

Spill the beans

Full of piss and vinegar

Apple of my eye

Top banana

Toast of the town

Apple pie order

An apple a day keeps the doctor away (but so does a flu shot)

Brown as a berry (I have never seen a brown berry.)

Cool as a cucumber

Cut the mustard/cheese

Humble pie

Let them eat cake (thanks to Marie Antoinette)

Milk of human kindness

Not my cup of tea

Pie in the sky

 Salad days (thank you, Cleopatra, by way of Shakespeare)

Say cheese

Sour grapes

Bring home the bacon

One sandwich short of a picnic

Are you hungry yet?

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Metaphors, Good and Bad

Metaphors make an implied comparison between ideas:  “All the world’s a stage….”

When they work well, they catch your attention in an unforgettable way.  A former editor of the now defunct Saturday Review, Norman Cousins, wrote, “…the wordsmith likes the clink and purr of words against each other. He likes the crackle of ideas well expressed. He delights, as some men do in thoroughbred horses and racing hulls, in prose that runs sleek and true to its conclusion.”  Despite the archaic use of the male pronouns, Cousins’ metaphor is ear-catching and lovely and true.

Other metaphors are also memorable, but not in the way their authors intended. Joe Garagiola said, “Nolan Ryan is pitching a lot better now that he’s got his curve ball straightened out.” Richard Nixon’s brother Donald referred to Watergate as “a political football to bury my brother.”

By all means, include metaphors in your writing. Just make sure they won’t be making others laugh unless you intended that result.

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