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(News On 6 Tulsa)   Today's new mind-bending idiom: Several cars slid down the hill out of control, like a SUV that hit a backhoe   (newson6.com) divider line 30
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2014-02-03 01:53:14 PM
WTF is slippery snow?

Southerners are funny driving in the snow!
 
2014-02-03 02:00:02 PM
Backhoe?

BBC was right... it is the year of the whores
 
2014-02-03 02:00:30 PM
My life is down the hill out of control, like a SUV that hit a backhoe.
 
2014-02-03 02:07:21 PM
My love for you is like a SUV that hit a backhoe BERSERKER.
 
2014-02-03 02:11:33 PM
Shouldn't it be "an SUV" rather than "a SUV"?
 
2014-02-03 02:20:45 PM
the sea was angry that day my friend.
Like an old man trying to spend back soup in a deli.
 
2014-02-03 02:23:23 PM

Harry Freakstorm: My life is down the hill out of control, like a SUV that hit a backhoe.


Do you drink it from a fountain pouring like an avalanche coming down the mountain?
 
2014-02-03 02:40:01 PM
The semen from my penis splattered uncontrobaly across her anus like an suv slid out of control after hitting a backhoe.
 
2014-02-03 02:43:46 PM
Idiom? Simile?
 
2014-02-03 02:53:21 PM

LesterB: Idiom? Simile?


The metaphor slid out of control like a similie that hit a backhoe.
 
2014-02-03 03:05:41 PM

CleanAndPure: LesterB: Idiom? Simile?

The metaphor slid out of control like a similie that hit a backhoe.


Poor writing.  Should have read "... such as one SUV that hit a backhoe"

Also, that stuff was slick!  Didn't even get an inch in my area and I just about struck the ass end of another car stopped at a light.  I was driving about 20-25MPH and just started downhill toward a traffic signal on red.  One car was already stopped there with another ahead of me that was busy sliding sideways with the wheels locked up, barely missing to the left of the stopped car.  Meantime, I'm stepping firmly on the brakes but only slowing down - ABS was working double-time and narrowly succeeded in stopping my descent into swapping insurance info with a stranger.

Thanks, Honda.  You're ABS works pretty well.
 
2014-02-03 03:44:18 PM
Are all "journalists" in the 4th grade?  Or do some aspire to make it to the 4th grade?
 
2014-02-03 03:48:49 PM

MelGoesOnTour: Shouldn't it be "an SUV" rather than "a SUV"?


Shouldn't it be "instead of" instead of "rather than"?
 
2014-02-03 03:50:01 PM

Inflatable Rhetoric: Are all "journalists" in the 4th grade?  Or do some aspire to make it to the 4th grade?


It was, like, you know, slick snow.  And the snow was, like, slick.  You know?
 
2014-02-03 04:01:59 PM

Jekylman: MelGoesOnTour: Shouldn't it be "an SUV" rather than "a SUV"?

Shouldn't it be "instead of" instead of "rather than"?


Reading into your question, I'm guessing my answer should be "I'm not sure". But I am pretty sure that it should be "an" that comes before SUV and not "a".
 
2014-02-03 04:20:21 PM
There was a hill in Omaha just west of downtown that often got icy in bad weather.  You could go sit out by it and watch cars slide into the cars waiting to turn on Dodge.  Once a car would crest the hill, they were goners, it was a two block slide to the bottom.
 
2014-02-03 04:35:24 PM

Jekylman: MelGoesOnTour: Shouldn't it be "an SUV" rather than "a SUV"?

Shouldn't it be "instead of" instead of "rather than"?


Yes and yes.
 
2014-02-03 04:37:11 PM

Sgygus: There was a hill in Omaha just west of downtown that often got icy in bad weather.  You could go sit out by it and watch cars slide into the cars waiting to turn on Dodge.  Once a car would crest the hill, they were goners, it was a two block slide to the bottom.


We have a hill like that in Tulsa.  A few years back, I had an apartment on top of it, so I had to go up it.  I sat at the bottom at an intersection, looking up at 7 or 8 SUVs stuck in the snow.  They had tried to take the hill and slid, and were all strewn haphazardly in a somewhat-tight bunch halfway up the hill.  I floored it and wove between them, and got up the hill just fine.  :)
 
2014-02-03 04:50:40 PM

ukexpat: Jekylman: MelGoesOnTour: Shouldn't it be "an SUV" rather than "a SUV"?

Shouldn't it be "instead of" instead of "rather than"?

Yes and yes.


Didn't know that. But why, exactly, is "instead" preferred to "rather"?

/quite serious, thx.
 
2014-02-03 05:56:57 PM

SansNeural: CleanAndPure: LesterB: Idiom? Simile?

The metaphor slid out of control like a similie that hit a backhoe.

Poor writing.  Should have read "... such as one SUV that hit a backhoe"

Also, that stuff was slick!  Didn't even get an inch in my area and I just about struck the ass end of another car stopped at a light.  I was driving about 20-25MPH and just started downhill toward a traffic signal on red.  One car was already stopped there with another ahead of me that was busy sliding sideways with the wheels locked up, barely missing to the left of the stopped car.  Meantime, I'm stepping firmly on the brakes but only slowing down - ABS was working double-time and narrowly succeeded in stopping my descent into swapping insurance info with a stranger.

Thanks, Honda.  You're ABS works pretty well.


I view ABS as training wheels for braking on ice.  If your ABS is working hard you didn't slow down enough ahead of time and started braking too late.  I can get up to full speed limit in my 4wd, but I can also stop because I take into account 2-4 times the braking distance normally needed and pay attention to anything that could cause me concern.  If you knew about the light ahead, get off the gas before you start downhill and cruise down to about 15, and start applying the brakes gently to allow the wheels to still move but your speed is dropping.  ABS is to keep your wheels from icing up because you locked them, never lock your wheels on ice.

/I haven't had much trouble stopping this whole season
//I hate the sound of ABS, and yell at myself when I hear it
///and I don't drive slow, I'll pass your Honda
////those little street tires that works so great in the summer is your biggest enemy in the winter
 
2014-02-03 06:38:01 PM

MelGoesOnTour: ukexpat: Jekylman: MelGoesOnTour: Shouldn't it be "an SUV" rather than "a SUV"?

Shouldn't it be "instead of" instead of "rather than"?

Yes and yes.

Didn't know that. But why, exactly, is "instead" preferred to "rather"?

/quite serious, thx.


The same reason you would say "preferred over" instead of "preferred to".

\pedantry
 
2014-02-03 07:42:29 PM

Jekylman: MelGoesOnTour: ukexpat: Jekylman: MelGoesOnTour: Shouldn't it be "an SUV" rather than "a SUV"?

Shouldn't it be "instead of" instead of "rather than"?

Yes and yes.

Didn't know that. But why, exactly, is "instead" preferred to "rather"?

/quite serious, thx.

The same reason you would say "preferred over" instead of "preferred to".

\pedantry


I think I'm  almost beginning to understand the nuances....but not quite. Can you, or someone else, please get to the point and educate me?

/hard to teach an old dog new tricks
//get offa my lawn
///believe it or not, I'm actually published (in print*)...thanks to decent editors.
*/// + one more slashie / for the younger folk, "print" was when someone else took the time to publish stuff that you wrote...long before the intertubes days, etc.  Now I'm off to drink me a shot of Ensure.
 
2014-02-03 08:17:25 PM

MelGoesOnTour: Shouldn't it be "an SUV" rather than "a SUV"?


I came to say THIS, but apparently that's a quote from TFA.
 
2014-02-03 10:18:53 PM

Shadyman: MelGoesOnTour: Shouldn't it be "an SUV" rather than "a SUV"?

I came to say THIS, but apparently that's a quote from TFA.


In Oklahoma, it's pronounced "suvv".  You know, like the old country song?

♫ An' it's just one more time that I'll visit my love,
To git back my dog an' my trusty ol' SUV ♫
 
2014-02-03 10:48:17 PM

MelGoesOnTour: Jekylman: MelGoesOnTour: ukexpat: Jekylman: MelGoesOnTour: Shouldn't it be "an SUV" rather than "a SUV"?

Shouldn't it be "instead of" instead of "rather than"?

Yes and yes.

Didn't know that. But why, exactly, is "instead" preferred to "rather"?

/quite serious, thx.

The same reason you would say "preferred over" instead of "preferred to".

\pedantry

I think I'm  almost beginning to understand the nuances....but not quite. Can you, or someone else, please get to the point and educate me?

/hard to teach an old dog new tricks
//get offa my lawn
///believe it or not, I'm actually published (in print*)...thanks to decent editors.
*/// + one more slashie / for the younger folk, "print" was when someone else took the time to publish stuff that you wrote...long before the intertubes days, etc.  Now I'm off to drink me a shot of Ensure.


Heh. I don't know the rules. I was just being difficult.

\English Major
 
2014-02-03 11:49:35 PM

LesterB: Idiom? Simile?


Thats not an idiom or a simile. The reporter was describing an event where an SUV hit a backhoe. They even provided video proof that it had happened.. wtf is wrong with you wanna be grammar nazi's?
 
2014-02-04 07:32:26 AM
Jekylman, one day you'll finish that degree and maybe go for a masters in composition. then you can be like me. with all of the authority and expertise that degree entitles me, i can honestly say i also have no idea.Taking a short stab at it, i'd say the only reason to make such a change is for clarity - "over" more clearly shows the dichotomy between the two terms being compared. if we try to make the same conclusion with "instead of" and "rather than," however, we fall flat. the best i've got there is that the former is a hard comparison, indicating you definitely throw the latter compared thing away, while the former is a soft comparison, indicating mere preference (those were definitely not scientific terms, btw).In either case, it's obvious what you mean by the context, so it's not really necessary to make those changes, unless you're doing so on your masters thesis. :)
 
2014-02-04 07:34:18 AM
Oops, mixed up latter & former terms, as i'm typing on a phone & didn't scroll back, hah
 
2014-02-04 10:57:12 AM

monthos: LesterB: Idiom? Simile?

Thats not an idiom or a simile. The reporter was describing an event where an SUV hit a backhoe. They even provided video proof that it had happened.. wtf is wrong with you wanna be grammar nazi's?


This isn't grammar nazi pedantry.  The article reads like it was written by a 5th grader describing their ride into class.
 
2014-02-04 04:14:41 PM
Hey, you weren't there, that biatch was coming right at m- oh, BACKhoe...disregard pls...
 
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