Apples and Oranges

(originally posted on LiveJournal)

livejournal10You know what I hate? People saying, “It’s like comparing apples to oranges” as though you can’t compare the items in question.

You can TOTALLY compare apples and oranges. They’re both fruits. They both grow on trees, from seeds. They both contain seeds you can’t eat. They both have peels, though one has a peel you can eat and one has a peel that you pretty much can’t. Although, you can eat orange peel if the pith is removed. The point is, apples and oranges have plenty of similarities.

Furthermore, you can judge apples and oranges by the same standards – taste, appearance, price, tree growth, and so on.

What we should really say is something like, “It’s like comparing apples to carburetors” except that most people can’t spell carburetors (myself included – I had to look it up).

Apparently, there are people who actually debate this. It actually makes me feel better about my brain.


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Jan. 27th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Toby Ziegler of the West Wing had a good zinger about comparing apples and giraffes. I’ve used it ever since.


Jan. 27th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
*sigh* I miss The West Wing.

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