Head over heels

Alison Murie sagehen7470 at ATT.NET
Mon Feb 15 21:06:25 UTC 2010

On Feb 15, 2010, at 1:31 PM, wordmall wrote:

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> When you dissect it, "head over heels" doesn't make much sense. Our
> head=
> is SUPPOSED to be over our heels. I understand that the original was
> "hee=
> ls over head" (signifying a cartwheel), and that does make sense.
> My question: is there a word for such a reversal of image? (I can't
> think=
> of another example at the moment.)
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> Michael J. Sheehan
While not an image, an example of a saying that intends the opposite
of what's actually said, is: "I could care less."

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