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Metaphor mash-ups

Cowboy-poet cyber hacker Jeffrey Rowland linked me to this story about scrapping the internet and rebuilding it from the ground up. Of course, there's nothing suprising about that. I'm pretty sure I've read at least one of these every year for the last decade, so my attitude is "Meh. Wake me up when the bulldozers start rolling." What makes this particular article stand out is a metaphor as vivid as it is mixed: apparently, any attempt to add security features to our current incarnation of the internet 'amounts at most to bandages in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse.' Phrases such as this give me an inordinate amount of pleasure, so I'm sharing it on the off-chance that the same is true of you...

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giantweazle
Apr. 19th, 2007 10:23 am (UTC)
I misread that as "bondage in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse". I prefer my version.
celestialweasel
Apr. 19th, 2007 12:01 pm (UTC)
I think the word should be 'badgers'.
giantweazle
Apr. 19th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
Badgers would kick both the cat and the mouse's arse in a high-stakes game.
oxfordhacker
Apr. 19th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
After which, bandages would be required. It all starts making sense...
giantweazle
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you think so, I'm lost in an image of badgers and bondage.
vinaigrettegirl
Apr. 19th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you. There are so many ways to use bandages in (???) high-stakes (???? oh, right, you see it in Las Vegas all the time) cat-and-mouse.

He is, of course, also wrong, but that's another matter.

Cat-and-mouse tennis anyone? Thousand quid a game? First you make a net out of some of the bandages....
oxfordhacker
Apr. 20th, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)
high-stakes (???? oh, right, you see it in Las Vegas all the time)

Well, indeed. The phrase is wrong so many levels. Even if one (somehow) overlooks the bizarre mixed metaphor, isn't 'high-stakes' redundant here? After all, in the definitive cat-and-mouse 'game' either the mouse gets eaten or the cat starves. Stakes don't come any higher than 'life or death', do they? (Though I guess you could bet money on the outcome as well.)

As you can see, I have been thinking about this phrase far too much. And, from these comments, it seems that a problem shared is a problem spread... Gotta love LiveJournal.
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