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17th Nov '17 2:03:57 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''Literature/TheInvisibleLibrary'' [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] have innate ElementalPowers. In the second book, ''Literature/TheMaskedCity'', when Irene says the wrong thing to a dragon king, the temperature in the room really does drop a couple of degrees. And when he gets ''really'' angry, the atmosphere does indeed start to thicken.
17th Nov '17 3:41:05 AM Trueman001
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* Linguistically, a once-metaphorical term which has become literal is a "dead metaphor" (not to be confused with a stale metaphor); for instance, "electric current".
13th Nov '17 11:58:57 AM DustSnitch
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* From ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'':
** Skulduggery states in the first book that his skull was stolen several years ago by goblins - or, as Valkyrie puts it, he lost his head.
** In the fifth book, Skulduggery gets an artificial, magic face to cover his skull. Unfortunately, it starts malfunctioning, and at one point his face starts drifting across the skin on his head, leading to Valkyrie saying "You've got eyes on the back of your head, and I don't mean that as a compliment."
** When the title character's subconscious becomes a physical, evil being the main characters have to fight.
--->'''Valkyrie:''' But if you can confront your inner demons--\\
'''Skulduggery:''' I did confront my inner demon. I punched him in the face and he exploded.
** In ''Dying of the Light'', Clarabelle makes up a story about a mage who fought a warlock after losing all his limbs - making him a master of "unarmed combat".
* At one point in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', the main characters speak to a mage whilst he is throwing a party. Two characters, Simon and Isabella, stay behind, and when the others return Simon is not there. Isabella calls Simon a rat, and reiterates when her Brother misinterprets:
-->'''Clary:''' Where's Simon?\\
'''Isabella:''' He's a rat.\\
'''Alec:''' Did he do something to you? Did he touch you? If he tried anything--\\
[...]\\
'''Isabella:''' Simon drank one of those blue drinks -- I told him not to, but he didn't listen -- and he turned into a rat."

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* From ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'':
** Skulduggery states in the first book that his skull was stolen several years ago by goblins - or, as Valkyrie puts it, he lost his head.
**
In the fifth book, Skulduggery gets an artificial, magic face to cover his skull. Unfortunately, it starts malfunctioning, and at one point his face starts drifting across the skin on his head, leading to Valkyrie saying "You've got eyes on the back of your head, and I don't mean that as a compliment."
** When the title character's subconscious becomes a physical, evil being the main characters have to fight.
--->'''Valkyrie:''' But if you can confront your inner demons--\\
'''Skulduggery:''' I did confront my inner demon. I punched him in the face and he exploded.
** In ''Dying of the Light'', Clarabelle makes up a
final story about a mage who fought a warlock after losing all his limbs - making him a master of "unarmed combat".
* At one point
in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', the main characters speak ''Literature/AngelsOfMusic'' [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Irene Adler]] calls [[Literature/TheSandman Olympia]] "a real doll", [[Literature/AnnoDracula Kate Reed]] chides her for using Americanisms; Irene replies she wasn't.
* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' had a LanguageEqualsThought gag running into this, which doubles as a BrickJoke
to a mage whilst he is throwing a party. Two characters, Simon and Isabella, stay behind, and moment when the others return Simon Dirk's secretary rips a handful of pages out of a dictionary in order to make it fit in a desk drawer:
-->''The word "impossible"
is not there. Isabella calls Simon a rat, in my dictionary. In fact, everything between "herring" and reiterates when her Brother misinterprets:
-->'''Clary:''' Where's Simon?\\
'''Isabella:''' He's a rat.\\
'''Alec:''' Did he do something
"marmalade" appears to you? Did he touch you? If he tried anything--\\
[...]\\
'''Isabella:''' Simon drank one of those blue drinks -- I told him not to, but he didn't listen -- and he turned into a rat."
be missing.''



* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' had a LanguageEqualsThought gag running into this, which doubles as a BrickJoke to a moment when Dirk's secretary rips a handful of pages out of a dictionary in order to make it fit in a desk drawer:
-->''The word "impossible" is not in my dictionary. In fact, everything between "herring" and "marmalade" appears to be missing.''

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* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' had a LanguageEqualsThought gag running into this, which doubles as a BrickJoke to a moment when Dirk's secretary rips a handful Just before the Sun impales him with light, the narrator of pages out ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' is reminded of a dictionary in order to make it fit in a desk drawer:
-->''The word "impossible" is not in my dictionary. In fact, everything between "herring"
the errors that could arise from assuming his vision of Heaven encompasses the entire unending super-nature of {{God}} and "marmalade" appears to be missing.''says "God forbid." The narrator's guide says, "He has forbidden it. That's what I'm telling ye."



* In ''Literature/TheLegacyOfTheGlorious'', the part where the Spanish-American War begins is called "The Boiler Explodes", which is what literally happens to be what starts the war, as an American ship's boiler's explosion makes the Americans believe the Spanish are attacking them.



* Done in the narration in ''Literature/StarCarrier: Earth Strike'' during a {{Xenofiction}} moment.
--> "Emphatic Blossom at Dawn, like all of the Turusch, was of three minds.\\
"''Literally.''" ''[book goes into an {{infodump}} about Turusch BizarreAlienPsychology]''
* In ''Literature/TheLegacyOfTheGlorious'', the part where the Spanish-American War begins is called "The Boiler Explodes", which is what literally happens to be what starts the war, as an American ship's boiler's explosion makes the Americans believe the Spanish are attacking them.



* From ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'':
** Skulduggery states in the first book that his skull was stolen several years ago by goblins - or, as Valkyrie puts it, he lost his head.
** In the fifth book, Skulduggery gets an artificial, magic face to cover his skull. Unfortunately, it starts malfunctioning, and at one point his face starts drifting across the skin on his head, leading to Valkyrie saying "You've got eyes on the back of your head, and I don't mean that as a compliment."
** When the title character's subconscious becomes a physical, evil being the main characters have to fight.
--->'''Valkyrie:''' But if you can confront your inner demons--\\
'''Skulduggery:''' I did confront my inner demon. I punched him in the face and he exploded.
** In ''Dying of the Light'', Clarabelle makes up a story about a mage who fought a warlock after losing all his limbs - making him a master of "unarmed combat".
* Done in the narration in ''Literature/StarCarrier: Earth Strike'' during a {{Xenofiction}} moment.
--> "Emphatic Blossom at Dawn, like all of the Turusch, was of three minds.\\
"''Literally.''" ''[book goes into an {{infodump}} about Turusch BizarreAlienPsychology]''



* In the final story in ''Literature/AngelsOfMusic'' [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Irene Adler]] calls [[Literature/TheSandman Olympia]] "a real doll", [[Literature/AnnoDracula Kate Reed]] chides her for using Americanisms; Irene replies she wasn't.
4th Nov '17 10:54:53 PM wingedcatgirl
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* In ''VideoGame/WestOfLoathing'', you'll occasionally be given a chance to say some form of MetaphorIsMyMiddleName. If you check your character sheet afterward, you'll find that the word in question is, in fact, now your middle name.
30th Oct '17 2:40:17 PM marymichael
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* Early episodes of ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' had various examples.
--> '''Toby:''' Oscarís really gay.\\
'''Michael:''' Exactly.\\
'''Toby:''' I mean for real.\\
'''Michael:''' Yeah, I know.\\
'''Toby:''' No, heís attracted to other men.\\
'''Michael:''' Okay, little too far, crossed the line.\\
'''Toby:''' Okay, I am telling you Oscar is an actual homosexual.
30th Oct '17 12:08:38 PM Narsil
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--> '''Mr. Mackey:''' Maybe there is a way out of this, but we're gonna have to throw Eric Cartman under the bus.\\

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--> ---> '''Mr. Mackey:''' Maybe there is a way out of this, but we're gonna have to throw Eric Cartman under the bus.\\


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** In 'Sons a Witches'', we learn that all the dads in town like to dress up as witches for Halloween week. When one of the dads falls under a curse and starts kidnapping children, the other witches [[https://youtu.be/SoAwLaHF5gQ urge the town]] not to let it degenerate into a [[WitchHunt "witch pursuit-thing"]].
--->''When things are going bad and there's people you need to confront,\\
Just be sure it doesn't turn into a [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion witch-pursuit thing]].''
29th Oct '17 6:59:17 AM DaibhidC
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* In one ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' sketch, John plays a diplomat dealing with a very tough team of negotiators. The one in the middle is "slightly to the right of Genghis Khan", the one next to him is "far to the right of Genghis Khan", and the one on other side is, of courss, Genghis Khan.

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* In one ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' sketch, John plays a diplomat dealing with a very tough team of negotiators. The one in the middle is "slightly to the right of Genghis Khan", the one next to him is "far to the right of Genghis Khan", and the one on other side is, of courss, course, Genghis Khan.
29th Oct '17 6:58:41 AM DaibhidC
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* In one Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgeamme'' sketch, John plays a diplomat dealing with a very tough team of negotiators. The one in the middle is "slightly to the right of Genghis Khan", the one next to him is "far to the right of Genghis Khan", and the one on other side is, of courss, Genghis Khan.

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* In one Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgeamme'' ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' sketch, John plays a diplomat dealing with a very tough team of negotiators. The one in the middle is "slightly to the right of Genghis Khan", the one next to him is "far to the right of Genghis Khan", and the one on other side is, of courss, Genghis Khan.
29th Oct '17 6:57:40 AM DaibhidC
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* In one Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgeamme'' sketch, John plays a diplomat dealing with a very tough team of negotiators. The one in the middle is "slightly to the right of Genghis Khan", the one next to him is "far to the right of Genghis Khan", and the one on other side is, of courss, Genghis Khan.
27th Oct '17 5:36:37 AM VicGeorge2011
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* In a four-page comic book story from ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' regarding Smurfette's visit to the Smurf Village, when Smurfette tells her fellow Smurfs that she wants them to "bring her the moon," the Smurfs take to fulfilling this request rather literally -- one Smurf tries to pole-vault up to the sky and grab the moon, another Smurf tries to scoop up the moon's reflection in the water with a net, a third Smurf tries with an arrow and gets another Smurf ShotInTheAss, a fourth Smurf tries to build a rocket, a fifth Smurf makes a cutout of a moon shape, and so on.
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