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Actually, this would be changing to a gift horse of a different color in
mid stream, so be careful not to look it in the mouth.
You have a point about "sides and edges" but the one hand/other hand
metaphor is so common, I doubt any reader would even notice the
disconnect between swords and hands, both convey the concept of
'Reminds me of a favorite R.E.M. song'
"The biggest wagon is the empty wagon is the noisiest. - from Little
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com] On Behalf Of Deborah Hemstreet
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Subject: Mixing metaphors?
OK, Metaphors drive me nuts, and as my family will testify, I always get
them mixed up...
So, here is another question for you all.
A client insists that I talk about something being a "two-edged sword"
(they had written double edged, I can fix that!).
Then they want the text to read, "On the one hand... ; on the other
hand..." But if its a two edged sword, shouldn't it be one side or edge
vs the other? And that does not sound right.
How would you handle the sentence (being gentle on the client)?
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