Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Metaphorical headache

In baseball, if a batter has three strikes, he's out. Teachers and parents created a metaphor out of this and now when children misbehave, they'll say, "that's strike one," and so on (not a good behavior strategy by the way, you can read about it at BartcopTeaching). Politicians also use the metaphor when talking about crime, and, if someone is arrested three times, they go to jail for a long time.

So where am I going with this? Here's a quote about steroid punishments:
"Twenty games are not enough," baseball spokesman Rich Levin said. "Also, the union's proposal is not three strikes and you're out. It is three strikes and maybe you're out."
We've gone full circle! Levin is using a baseball metaphor to talk about baseball. And no, I am not high right now.

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