An unfortunate experience

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 12 02:52:25 UTC 2010

Today, I heard a discussion among several people as to whether X was
the _mirror-image_ of Y, in which "mirror-image" was clearly being
understood to mean, "exactly the same as" and *not* "exactly the
opposite of."

To quote a friend, "I've never heard it before and I hope that I never
hear it again!" (He'd been grossed out by the phrease, "gag a
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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