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There are many figures of figures of speeches whose meanings get misunderstood or they are spoken incorrectly. I am the queen of saying figures of speeches wrongly. Lol! I know the meaning of the idiom and say the gist of it right but I still say it wrongly. Lol!

Here are some examples:

1. The real figure of speech: “It’s like beating a dead horse.”

What I said, “It’s like beating a cow dead.”

My lousy explanation to justify why I said it that way (lol): I forgot what farm animal it was, so I threw in cow and I forgot the word dead, so I threw it in there after cow. Lol!

2. The real figure of speech: “It’s like killing two birds with one stone.”

What I said, “It’s like killing one bird with two stones.”

My loud you explanation to justify why I said it that way: I put one before two.

I think these are funny but I don’t want any animals hurt. Why do we have such cruel language towards animals? 😕 I am just curious.

Another one said by a family member of mine:

3. The real figure of speech: “It’s like a bull in a china shop.”

What she said: “It’s like a bowl in a china shop.”

Why she said it: When she was little she thought it meant you belong like a bowl in porcelain ware (china) shop. Cute, huh? 😀

Have you ever messed up a figure of speech? What did you say?

2 thoughts on “Misunderstood Figures of Speech (A Bowl in a China Shop)

  1. Wow, it is weird that so many figures of speech use animals in such a cruel way. o_O I’ve heard the one “there is more than one way to skin a cat” – why would I want any ways to do that?! 😨

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    1. I know, crazy, huh? 😀 I always forget about that cat figure of speech.

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