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Mixed metaphors are usually speech mistakes by people, and are very amusing. Here are a few examples.Is there a single word for denoting mixed metaphors?

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I had to go to the reverse dictionary for this one.

From what I understand, a mixed metaphor is an example of a catachresis, but not all catachreses are mixed metaphors. Wikipedia says that "Catachresis is 'misapplication of a word, especially in a mixed metaphor' according to the Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory."

Here's Merriam-Webster's definition of the word:

  • use of the wrong word for the context
  • use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech (as blind mouths)
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+1, and also rhetoric.byu.edu/Figures/C/catachresis.htm –  Unreason May 19 '11 at 10:26
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