salted with winks?

Earlier this week I happened to read a preview of an upcoming concert in the local alternative weekly (I can’t remember which band, and I’m unable to find the preview online), and I was struck by the use of an odd mixed metaphor in the writer’s description of a particular band’s music: he or she described it as being “peppered with nods” to such-and-such a style. I was left pondering how a “nod” could be the sort of thing that “peppers” anything…yet when I searched the phrase to see if I could find the review, I discovered that many writers imagine that nods pepper things regularly.



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  1. PCarino

    I hate the expression “peppered with.” I hate “nod” slightly less. I hope your post has drawn attention to this problem and opened a meaningful public dialog about these nefarious overused rock critic words.

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