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    In the interest of truth in advertising, I was just wondering if anyone has actually ever tried this? Playing butter, I mean.
    "The paths of experimentation twist and turn through mountains of miscalculations, and often lose themselves in error and darkness!"
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    the stupidest phrase to ever insinuate itself into the speech patterns of a community.

    But that's only this grump's opinion.

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    That would be "playing with butter". The correct term is "plays like buddah"

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueron View Post
    the stupidest phrase to ever insinuate itself into the speech patterns of a community.

    But that's only this grump's opinion.
    Proposed alternative: "Plays Like Oleo."

    "The paths of experimentation twist and turn through mountains of miscalculations, and often lose themselves in error and darkness!"
    --Leslie Daniel, "The Brain That Wouldn't Die."

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    It seems an apt enough metaphor to me. As long as you don't take it too literally I don't see a problem.

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    I like "slicker than deer guts on a door knob". That's pretty slick!

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    "Plays like butter" is a phrase that has no meaning. So you can't complain if someone advertises the instrument that way and it's difficult to play.

    Personally, I find it akin to fingernails on a blackboard. I'm LESS likely to buy one with that description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f5loar View Post
    I like "slicker than deer guts on a door knob". That's pretty slick!
    A great image, wonderful phrase, one with actual meaning, unlike the vapid butter cliche. If someone told me he had a mandolin for sale that was slicker than deer guts on a door knob, I'd be really intrigued.

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    There's another metaphor involving two eels which is, alas, unprintable here.
    "The paths of experimentation twist and turn through mountains of miscalculations, and often lose themselves in error and darkness!"
    --Leslie Daniel, "The Brain That Wouldn't Die."

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    This phrase actually gets beat up every few years here. Here's one.

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    I play a mandolin that plays like butter and it kills banjos because it's a cannon. It's tone is dark and complex like hand ground Jamaican coffee. I make up for skill with metaphor and simile. None of these expressions bother me... they just seem part of our vernacular.

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    By the way, this guitar plays like butter because... well, because it is butter!
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    Mike, that wasn't from the Big E by any chance, was it? They do a killer butter sculpture every year.
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    Mine plays so good, I can't believe it isn't butter...

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    This sounds like a phrase Elvis Presley would have coined.

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    I suppose without a good set-up it would play like cheese?

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    Default Re: "Plays Like Butter"

    If you whip it like a mule, shouldn't it play like whipped cream or other delights? I mean Bill didn't sing churn it like a mule did he?

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    OK, so .............................."if it doesn't play like butter then what does it play like?" Wow! a new Zen Koan! If you have the answer then you are truly an enlightened being.
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    My mandolin plays like buddah, but I play it like peanut buddah -- so something gets lost in the sauce.
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    The words of his mouth were smoother than butter....This is in Psalms in the Bible, so I guess it has been used as a metaphor for smooth at least that long.

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    ima little confused, but that's all the time.

    But i have played a mandolin with a butter pickguard.

    "She was a thing of beauty but'her pickguard."

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    Butter shut this down before it melts.

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    I thought it was Plays Like Buddah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi Gormley View Post
    Mike, that wasn't from the Big E by any chance, was it? They do a killer butter sculpture every year.
    Don't honestly know, just snagged it off the web.

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