outdated metaphors

Robert S. Wachal robert-wachal at UIOWA.EDU
Tue Jun 27 11:44:46 UTC 2000

In today's NYTimes an article on technospeak lists some outdated metaphors:

Earlier technological developments left their mark on the language. The
          railroads gave rise to expressions like "going off the rails" and
          sidetracked"; the steam engine produced "working up a head of steam"
          and "full steam ahead"; and the automobile left us with "pedal to
          metal," "firing on all cylinders" and "eatin' concrete."

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