Friday, September 30, 2005

Charms hang, bracelets wrap

Questionable phrase: “hanging from him like charm bracelets”
Citation:Justice DeLayed” by John Dickeson, Slate, September 29, 2005.
Usage: Second paragraph, third sentence, “DeLay's got troubles hanging from him like charm bracelets,” talking about Rep. Tom DeLay’s (former Majority Leader) recent indictment in Texas.

Recommendation: I would have said something more like “hanging from him like charms on a bracelet.”
Rationale: I don’t think the writer really meant troubles hanging like bracelets, which is what his simile says; rather, I think he meant troubles hanging like charms, which is what charms do – they hang, while bracelets wrap around the wrist. Otherwise, I really like the metaphor.


Blogger wordsworth said...

Writer John Dickeson kindly responded to an e-mail alert I sent about this citation. Here is what he wrote:

Thanks for the heads up. I think it can go either way. I like yours as well.

9:15 AM, October 01, 2005  

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