outdated metaphors

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jun 21 15:54:36 UTC 2000

At 9:12 AM -0400 6/21/00, Victoria Neufeldt wrote:
>Hey, what's outdated about gearshift levers?
>vneufeldt at m-w.com

The levers aren't obsolete--it's just that all their knobs have long since
been sucked off...


>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
>> Of Robert S. Wachal
>> Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2000 5:07 PM
>> Subject: outdated metaphors
>> Anyone interested in joining me to develop a publishable list of out-dated
>> metaphors,  especially those caused by the obsolescence of things
>> mechanical, e.g., "she could suck the knob off a gearshift lever."?
>> Bob

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