Mixing Metaphors for humor
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Some people refer to brain injury as an invisible injury or disability. You can’t see anyone’s brain in every day life, injured or not.
You know what else is kind of invisible? Humor. I’ve always been silly, and as I age, my humor is getting more like it was when I was a kid. But since 2010, it really has gone off the charts. Take last night. After a minute of laughing so hard I almost went hoarse, I suddenly stopped and muttered somewhat sadly “I wish I knew what was funny.” And then I promptly fell asleep.
Some people say folks can lose their sense of humor from a brain injury. I’ve seen it, and I went through it myself in 2003. But! I would argue it’s not that the sense of humor is gone. It’s that it can be hard to reach it in the familiar ways like word plays, puns, and abstract jokes. I sometimes don’t recognize sarcasm, and I get lost in complicated jokes now. Yet, if you’ve seen my films or my continuing chatter about how much I love the BBC’s Ouch! podcast, you will know that I love humor.
Yesterday, Michelle really dished out a zinger. It was one of my favorite types of accidental humor: mixing metaphors!
We know when the brain is injured, it can affect any or even all parts of your life. One thing Michelle wanted to point out, though, is that the brain is not your whole self or your whole body; it’s just part. She was very earnest when she expressed to me the following mixed metaphor which I hope to carry through my life to remind me to take perspective:
“The brain is just one tool in the whole enchilada.”
Here, I present you with two shimmering whole enchiladas (with mole! Yum!) and a wrench on a vividly glowing purple plate. Just when you think you understand the whole enchilada of a situation, someone goes and throws a wrench in it. Or on it, as the case is here.
Does anyone else think this is as funny as I do? And if so, do you have a brain injury too? Or are you just silly on your own terms?