Kevin Drum takes on Jim Fallows pet peeve:
[E]ven though it's untrue that frogs will mindlessly poach themselves to death if you're careful to turn up the temperature on them slowly, it's a useful metaphor. Still, it's not true. So we should find another one. But here's the thing: Fallows issued a worldwide call for good substitute metaphors two years ago. Four days later he promised that winners would be announced in a couple of days. And then....nothing.
So here's what I'm interested in. The boiling frog cliche is untrue. But it stays alive because, as Krugman says, it's a useful metaphor. So why aren't there any good substitutes?
If Dish readers can think of a suitable substitute, and thereby complete Fallows' mission in life, please e-mail.
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