Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
#1
Old 08-09-2011, 06:03 PM
Guest
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 11,921
"To mix words" / "To mince words"

I found the phrase "to mix words" mentioned in a thread from last year as an example of a mangled expression. Nobody commented on it; presumably it was offered and accepted as a corruption of "to mince words." But I just read something British that used the "mix" formulation in what seemed to be a somewhat different sense.

So: where are you, which do you hear, which is correct, and what exactly does it mean?
#2
Old 08-09-2011, 07:14 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 3,183
Middle Tennessee, it's "mince words", almost always in the form of "don't mince words" or "I won't mince words." It means the speaker was (or is going to be) bluntly honest and not use euphemistic language to tell you something.
#3
Old 08-09-2011, 07:20 PM
Charter Member
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Montana, U.S.A.
Posts: 9,449
I've never heard "mix words," but my experience of "mince words" is identical to Cub Mistress.

I've lived in Colorado, Montana, New York, and California, and spent quite a bit of time in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
__________________
---
Yes, I have joined the ranks of former moderators. Being a mod was eating my life. Now I'm a member just like you. Except smarter and better looking.
#4
Old 08-09-2011, 08:00 PM
Guest
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Greenbury, Michigan
Posts: 3,861
To not mince words. To choose one's words very carefully. To be exact with the stating of one's chosen words. In others words, to not mix words.
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:23 PM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: skin freezing spray jfk smoking area dunce etymology quienes mas macho shanty irish meaning ir mirror stealth cars old dvi pti studio nero caligula ford charcoal ag13 lr44 batteries motrin 800 prescription forgot deodorant osmo prep reviews world vision frauds david duchovny hot psychological ed pangea desert moby dick homosexual ananda mahidol emerson switchboard pixie porn alberti popaj age antimicrobial irrigation rotten onions jack warden imdb define vixon fruit pies hostess hoover dustette answer door naked venom spider symbol flag boy how long does it take for your stomach to empty ice skating music instrumental joseph a bank suit reviews rite aid prescription refill policy airbag damage to face one eye farsighted one eye nearsighted chicken breast average weight is it better to stay up or sleep for 3 hours i think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution willy wonka we are the dreamers of dreams why does palpatine get deformed how to raise an eyebrow where to sell used fur coats can sinuses cause swollen lymph nodes all nude strip clubs houston t rowe price 401k hardship withdrawal dealership service writer salary how to make modeling clay harden anime guys with beards refrigerator door not closing automatically warhammer 40k imperial guard tanks how to clean non clumping cat litter what do doctors do with amputated limbs what time does the mail run near me sleeping too much headaches stinky bathroom sink drain how to measure black pipe how to pronounce aaliyah is joining aarp worth it van de kamp's fish sticks cooking directions average cost of impound how long does chloroform take to knock someone out all my friends died