Double-edged sword (was Re: Mixing metaphors?)

Subject: Double-edged sword (was Re: Mixing metaphors?)
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 00:20:51 -0800

On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 11:37 PM, David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Although I am speculating here, perhaps
> to their audience a "double edged sword" may simply have been
> recognized as being sharper than they could get with an inferior
> blade--which, being of lesser material, may have had to have been
> single edged simply to have enough mass to resist breaking.
Ah... so the double-edged sword in this case may merely mean super-sharp,
like a "Ginsu" blade, with which you can allegedly even cut a tin can --
just look at that tomato!

Some of those in this thread have said the "double edged sword is
> dangerous to you and to the foe"--but that is not quite correct. If
> that were all there was to it, it would never have been made and used for
> hundreds of years--people were no more foolish then than we are today, after
> all. Instead, the two edges were dangerous to a foe on both fore and back
> strokes, reducing the vulnerability of the swordsman during combat.
And increasing the lethality of the weapon during combat. Swing it one way
to cut your opponent. Swing it the other way to cut another opponent...
double-edged in this case then represents twice as capable.

It makes sense. The actual greek word used in the New Testament for
double-edged is "distomos" which means "two-mouthed". It symbolizes the
power of a word being spoken and then repeated. (Theologically, God spoke
the word once, which we repeat, and reinforce its meaning within us).

So, double-edged may not mean mixed blessing, or dichotomous, but rather,
double trouble, twice as powerful, twice as lethal... doubly good or doubly
bad, depending on the wielder's swordsmanship.

Thanks, David!

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