Mixed metaphors

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Mixed metaphors
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Thu, 08-30-2012 - 4:08pm

We could stand here and talk until the cows turn blue.

You could have knocked me over with a fender.

 He was watching me like I was a hawk.

 I’ll get it by hook or ladder.

 He’s a wolf in cheap clothing.

 They’re diabolically opposed.

 He received a decease and desist order.

I wouldn’t eat that with a ten-foot pole.

Take a flying hike.

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I wouldn’t eat that with a ten-foot pole.

 

Take a flying hike.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 4:44pm

Formula is a little bit like AIDS. Nobody actually dies from AIDS; what happens is AIDS destroys your immune system and then you just die of anything and that's what happens with formula. It provides no antibodies.

IMO, the above quote is unclear and ackward, but apparently not a mixed metaphor.

Picking it apart, which is a bit of an exercise in futility since I don't think it was written carefully:

Formula is analogous to AIDS

AIDS does not cause death directly. AIDS destroys the immune system. Once the immune system becomes sufficiently weakened any random infectious assault can cause death.

Formula provides no antibodies.

What the quote does NOT state is whether  formula destroys the immune system or that formula fed infants die of just anything. It says AIDS does.  I think a reasonable inference is:

Unlike formula, breastfeeding does provide antibodies. The lack of antibodies in formula leads to a weakened (analogous to destroyed) immune system compared to a breastfed immune systems. The weakened immune system can be harmed (analogous to death) by a variety of illnesses (analogous to anything).