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Comment: Bad Metaphor (Score 1) 481

by aeloff (#3466458) Attached to: The Magic Box Hoax
From the article:

Priest's invention would make those old phone lines faster than anything on the market, decimating the communications speed limit.

What a terrible mixing of metaphors! Save for the obvious contextual cues in the first part of the sentence, I would read the phrase as "reducing the communications bandwidth by some fraction".

A better choice would be "obliterating" or some similar word without a numerical connotation .

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