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#1 2019-10-02 11:13:03

David Bird
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Brains vs Bronze

I PREFER BRAINS OVER BRONZE…
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Joker vs Johiah, brains versus bronze, Who would win in a fight?
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Steinbeck built George more compact just to portray brains versus bronze.
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Bronze is a brawny metal after all. In days of yore, “all the gods of Olympos were there, and athletes of years gone by, wrestling, running, hurling the disc. There were bronze chariots with horses of bronze to draw them and men of bronze to hold the reins.” The form of brains over bronze draws additional force from nice consonance.

* Buried Cities (kids book)

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#2 2019-10-02 11:21:16

DavidTuggy
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Re: Brains vs Bronze

Eggcorn or not, I love it. (It might be a simple malapropism, aided by the consonance you note.)


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#3 2019-10-04 12:29:49

DavidTuggy
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Re: Brains vs Bronze

The notion of bronzing (sun-tanning) and its association with status and stylishness might be involved too. I was pretty sure I had read the phrase “town bronze”, meaning sophistication, but looking it up it appears it was an invention of Georgette Heyer’s, taken up unsuspectingly by others but not attested from the Georgian and Regency times she was portraying.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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