One time I overheard an adult talking to younger people and she said, “Are you going to clean up your spilled milk? Because you made your bed and you have to lie in it."
I think that was what I heard. By the way, there was nothing spilled anywhere.
Don’t get me wrong. I like figures of speech, analogies and metaphors as much as the rest of the world. They add color and flair to language and communication.
But please don’t mix them up because some people take things quite literally when you talk to them and they can get confused.
“It’s a dog-eat-dog world so you better buckle up and hold onto your hat because this is going to be more fun than watching paint dry.”
One time I was working at a job and the boss came around the corner, saw me, and said, “Quit pissanting around back here and get to work!” Now at the time I didn’t have a clue what he was saying because I was actually working at that moment. Did he want me to work faster? And what does “pissanting" mean? I have no idea.
One time I was working on a movie set in Hollywood, during filming of a movie, and a semi-famous male director said to me, “What I want you to do is take off your shirt, hold onto this martini glass, and splash around in that fountain over there with these other young guys. Just roll up your sleeves and really get into it with all kinds of energy.”
Okay, well, they were paying me so I didn’t mind. I almost said something about the sleeves part and me not having my shirt on any more, but I was too busy making sure not to spill my colored-water-fake-martini-beverage.
So if you need to, go ahead and use mixed metaphors and sarcastic rhetorical questions, and their in some analogies and smilies too. After all, it’s kind of fun to try and figure out the meaning.