Main With This Herring Discussion

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02:53:37 PM Jan 9th 2012
It occurs to me that MacGyvering is a common method by which to sub/invert this trope. "Sure, I can cut down a tree with a herring."
10:13:17 PM Mar 14th 2011
This example needs some details. Tips Worksheet:

"Don't just drop a bare URL for an off-site link into an example, especially as the only thing in the example. It's better to make it a pothole for some relevant trope page."

  • Parodied and Justified here.
05:21:05 PM Feb 13th 2011
edited by REV6Pilot
As mentioned in the Half-Life example, the trope's actually subverted in Episode 1, so the image is incorrect in-context. It'd be played straight, and probably more proper, if it was the scene's similar in HL2.
05:39:58 PM Jan 4th 2011
edited by fljared
Is there any reason why we can't rename this "With a Herring" and have the old name redirect to the new one?
01:55:22 PM Feb 15th 2011
Why would we do it?
11:09:44 AM Jul 27th 2014
Because that would be more accurate to the source quote.

If we were going to rename, I'd petition for a new name altogether. "Herring" is almost synonymous with "red herring" in most literary contexts, so it's a bit confusing unless you immediately think of the Python quote.
11:20:10 AM Jul 27th 2014
Past rename thread.

Also, I can guarantee that we won't rename it to the source quote. We aren't bound to emulate quotes 100% accurately.
07:09:48 PM Apr 10th 2015
Has it occured to anyone that the trope sounds like "With this ring/herring, I now pronounce you husband and wife"? I think "With a herring" sounds less like a marriage trope.
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