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That is a mixed sword

This unintended utterance is a nice congruent conflation of “mixed bag” and “double edged sword”, both referring to something that has benefits and problems.  Or maybe a Minecraft weapon?  A big thanks to Craig Ormson for uttering and sharing this one!

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Transparency is a two way sword

This gem was uttered by James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, on CNN’s The Axe Files with David Axelrod.  It is a mashup of “double-edged sword” (something that can be both beneficial and problematic) and “two-way street” (a situation where both sides must put forth an equal amount of effort to get a desired result).  The reason for the mixup is obvious:  “double” means “two”.  Also, the two expressions are close in meaning.  A big thanks to James Kozlowski for hearing this one and sending it in.

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It’s a two way blade

This one was heard on the NPR radio show, the Diane Rehm show, last week.  The speaker intended to say “double-edged sword” based on the context.  This is a mash up of “two way street” (reciprocal situation),   “cuts both ways”, and “double edged sword”, both meaning advantages and disadvantages.  Of course I am also reminded of those swiss army knives, with the various blades and devices all in one unit.   Thanks to Vicky Ameel-Kovacs for hearing and sharing this one!