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Re: [Meditation Society of America] metaphor police

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  • Bruce Morgen
    Thanks for letting me off with a warning, officer -- and an educational one at that! :-) ... see she s just the other side of the same reactive
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 24 3:45 PM
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      Thanks for letting me off
      with a warning, officer --
      and an educational one at
      that!                :-)
      On Fri, 24 Oct 2003 07:27:38 EDT freyjartist@... writes:

      see she's just the other
      side of the same reactive
      coin.  The two of you are
      joined at the hip and some
      corrective surgery seems
      very much in order!  I shall
      now wait quietly for the
      mixed metaphor police to pay
      me a brief visit.        :-)>>

      Bruce Morgen, editor at large?   Metaphor police here.

      If, in this 'hackneyed by now' circumstance,
      you are choosing to use the siamese twin
      metaphor of being joined at the hip, it is the contention
      of the metaphor police that
      mixing 'siamese twins' with the phrase "two sides of the same coin"
      is not nearly as effective as the
      "mirror image" analogy.

      Case in point:

      Siamese twins occur 1 in 50,000 to 1 in 100,000 births, and three times more likely to be girls than boys. Siamese twins joined at the head is the rarest form and occurs about 1 in 2.5 million births. Twins that are joined at the chest is the most common form and is found in 70% of Siamese twins.  Siamese twins are identical twins.

      Almost one quarter of identical twins are
      "mirror twins". This means that the twins will appear to be reflections of one another. One twin will be right-handed and the other will be left-handed. Internal organs and skeletal features will be on the opposite sides of the body. And, hair whorls will turn in opposite directions. One in four identical twins are mirror-image. Siamese twins show a high degree of mirror imaging. Mirroring is just as much a mystery to medical science as the cause of identical twins.

      I'll let you go this time,  ;-)

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