Judith‘s sharp editrix eye was caught by a couple of mixed metaphors in the media this week. Rob Lowe, a star of NBC TV’s West Wing said of one of his fellow actors in the show, Allison Janney:

“She just tees the ball up and hits it out of the park every single time.”

. More surprising was this one from William Safire (accurately described by Mrs Wrubel Levy as “language maven and right-wing mouthpiece”) writing in the New York Times:

“editorialists began to hold their noses at echoes of the Smoot-Hawley trade barriers”

. I noticed something that might be called a “mixed metaphor” this morning. It’s certainly unfortunate when someone describes a drug regime (in a headline) as being “a mixed bag for colon cancer“.