Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Cliché: like a fish out of water

Meaning: something or someone out of their comfort zone
Rewrite 1: like a bird out of the nest
Rewrite 2: like a cow out of the pasture
Rewrite 3: like a horse out of the barn
Rewrite 4: like a dude out of beer

Comment: The last one’s pushing the allusion, but I wanted to take you beyond the animal metaphor.

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Anonymous said...

like a sober alcoholic

Booksville Bookclub said...

Very poignant recasting of the meaning. Well done.

NickGirdy55 said...

If something's a cliche, it just means it works.