I’ve definitely heard mixed messages about the advisability of looking for information online, but here‘s an online definition of “mixed messages”:
mixed message (plural mixed messages)
(idiomatic) Any communication that is contradictory, inconsistent, or unclear, especially in its motive or intent.
Don’t you think it’s sending a mixed message for the magazine to put “Lose Five Pounds in A Month” right next to “Ten Easy Desserts”?
read between the lines
Yesterday, on a walk near my home, I encountered these mixed messages:
EXPLORE MORE (on the left page of that discarded magazine) and
… NO TRESPASSING. There were more mixed messages there, because several people and dogs seemed to be trespassing on that land (which is either an island or a peninsula, depending on the tide). As I read descriptions of Thompson Island, I’m getting more mixed messages about whether I should have explored more or turned back in response to that NO TRESPASSING message. The messages are so mixed for me right now, I’m doubting whether that actually IS Thompson Island, since there were no clear messages or identifying signs.
When I look around these days, I see mixed messages about
- the pandemic,
- connecting with others,
- human nature,
- the climate,
- the future,
- the past, and
- the rest of this mixed world.
Do you see any mixed messages in my many other mixed photos from yesterday?
That’s a really interesting mix of “Mixed Messages.” Now I’m looking forward to reading the mix of messages in the comments section, below.
There’s always an unmixed message at the end of each of these mixed blog posts.