Figuratively Speaking

Posted in Figuratively Speaking, Life in general, On writing, Writers at 9:24 am by Marion

Horsing around


It’s Friday, and time for Figuratively Speaking.

Today, a look at how sometimes, language is sheer horseplay.

All week I ranted about the Internet, the environment, writing and reading.

You could say I’ve been on a high horse about things. When you get on a high horse, you become disdainful, conceited even, about your own perceived expertise.

It’s just horse sense, however, that when we’ve been on our high horse too long, we’ve been beating a dead horse … talked way too long about something that’s already settled.

If, on the other hand, you learn that I am a world-renowned expert on the matter, you could say, That’s a horse of a different color. You should be allowed to ramble on a, well, bit with some indulgence before you are reined in.

What’s more, you can benefit from such expert information right from the horse’s mouth.

Besides, before judging someone who seems self-important, just hold your horses.

In general, as a rule for life, always think twice before you change horses in midstream. Stay the course with whatever plans you’ve made and don’t jump off before the finish line.

In the end, good language usage must come from a person’s own desire to speak with precision.

After all, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

Light illustration by Greg Eans

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