Can we please throw the boiling frog metaphor into some boiling water?


Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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25 Responses

  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Bu.. Bu.. Bu.. Obamacare will destroy us all!Report

  2. Avatar greginak says:

    It starts with stupid metaphors about amphibians in hot water but soon leads down a slippery slope until most of our dialogue is consumed by trite quips, logic errors and faux info gleaned off the Internet. We must Do Something to Protect the Children.Report

  3. Avatar Richards says:

    It’s kind of like the slippery slope argument… once you start you can’t stop and end up in a horrible place.Report

    • Avatar James K in reply to Richards says:

      It seems to me that it’s exactly like the slippery slope argument. Now there’s nothing wrong with arguing the existence of a slippery slope, but it’s up to the arguer to demonstrate the slope exists, mere assertion is not good enough.Report

  4. Avatar Marchmaine says:

    Seems to me you’re just throwing the baby out with the frog water.Report

  5. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    I didn’t know that there is a throw a from in boiling water metaphor. My grasp of my own language is limited and weak. Sad face.Report

  6. Avatar Crprod says:

    Those responsible for killing the U. S. science initiative will soon assign Professor Melton to the dustbin of history unless he proves his research was 100% industry funded and thus met the Bush administration’s standard for sound science.Report

  7. Avatar J@m3z Aitch says:

    Can we also get rid of the stupid “underpants gnomes” term, too?Report

  8. Avatar krogerfoot says:

    Tod, James Fallows has been doing the Lord’s work on this metaphor for some time, though from a more literal angle.Report