October 2nd, 2010

no help whatsoever, Warning: No Help

I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like

I just found occasion to use the phrase, "killing two birds with one stone".

I realized that my proposed course of action could, in fact, dispatch several problems at once, and amended it to "two or three birds".

For a moment, I contemplated extending the metaphor to "a veritable single-stone avian Columbine", but given that I was posting to a schoolteacher's LJ about a school-related issue, I decided that might be ever-so-slightly inappropriate.

What's it called when you push a metaphor to the breaking point, where it no longer makes sense anymore? i know there's a phrase for that, but it's eluding my Morning Brain.