Jun. 21st, 2007

chrystie69: (George)
IF I WERE IN CHARGE OF THE NETWORKS

Proverbial is now being used to describe things that don't appear in proverbs. For instance, "The proverbial drop in the bucket" is incorrect because "a drop in the bucket" is not a proverb, it's a metaphor. You wouldn't say, "as welcome as a turd in the proverbial punchbowl" or "as cold as the proverbial nun's box," because neither refers to a proverb. The former is a metaphore, the latter is a simile.

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