I've stumbled upon a puzzling phrase that goes:

It reads like a bad faith thought experiment you’d use to shoot down someone’s suggestion: “Oh, what do you want us to do, [that horror show of rule salad]?!”

What is this part "[that horror show of rule salad]" supposed to mean? Horror show, rule salad... just don't get it.

The whole post can be found here https://www.pentadact.com/2022-11-10-five-problems-with-chess/


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It’s the writer’s view of the game of chess.

As a horror show, it is supposedly frightening.

“Rule salad” means a mixture of rules that makes, to the writer, little sense.

Salads are collections of ingredients that need not be in related quantities. A “word salad” is a collection of words that don’t seem to make sense or be related—just mixed up words. The writer simply makes the analogy to chess rules.

It would be courteous to provide a more extensive quote and a link to help volunteers reply to your questions.

  • For those interested, this question and answer cover the origin of "word salad".
    – Stuart F
    Commented May 19 at 23:23
  • Thank you very much for clarification as well as to @StuartF for the link to the similar problem! As for more extensive quote, will try to do that in future.
    – ivlex
    Commented May 20 at 5:41
  • While this explains what was intended by the author, it should not be left unsaid that it was a very clumsy mixed metaphor.
    – jsw29
    Commented May 20 at 20:48

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