Monday, January 09, 2006

Cliché: like a knife through hot butter

(for 01.07.06)

Meaning: acts with little resistance.
Rewrite 1: like a
prow through the water
Rewrite 2: like a spoon through hot soup*
Rewrite 3: like a
squeal amid silence
Rewrite 4: like
scissors through fabric

Comment: Nothing cuts through
baloney like a hot metaphor.

*Updated 5-27-17 with thanks to William Phillips.

2 comments:

William Phillips said...

I don't believe a 'knife through soup' is a good example. Soup is a liquid already, and has little viscosity. So a spoon could 'cut' through it with very little effort.

Alan Eggleston said...

Hi William. Thank you for commenting. You're right, a spoon through hot soup would be a more apt rewrite.