outdated metaphors

Robert S. Wachal robert-wachal at UIOWA.EDU
Sat Jun 24 15:56:03 UTC 2000

I had in mind those levers mounted on the floor that had the really big
round knobs.  The puny knobs on steering-wheel-mounted shifts make for very
weak metaphor in comparison.

And, BTW, I was dead serious about a joint article.


At 09:12 AM 6/21/00 -0400, Victoria Neufeldt wrote:
>Hey, what's outdated about gearshift levers?
>vneufeldt at m-w.com
>> -----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 Subject: outdated metaphors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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