[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]What mixed metaphors?

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[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]What mixed metaphors?

The examples of “mixed metaphors” cited in the Jan. 20 edition are not, in fact, wrong. Fears most certainly do “haunt,” and weather phenomena (thaws, storms, blizzards) most certainly do reach a point of their greatest development or intensity; their “peak.” Therefore, the following is an accurate usage: “She was haunted by the fear that as the thaw reached its peak, floods would damage the farm.” The specific examples in the commentary of Jan. 20, “... the ubiquitous fear of soaring unemployment is haunting society” and “...the thaw was at its peak” are also correct.


by K. Smith

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