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Apples and Oranges

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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Writer
:orange: Most of us have heard of the expression, "like apples and oranges," which means a foolish attempt to compare or combine two dissimilar things.

In other countries, they have different ways of saying the same thing. For instance, in Serbia they might say, "Grandmothers and toads;" in Argentina, "Love and the eye of an axe." :O_o:

Have you heard any similar expressions, native to your country or culture? Or has your active imagination provided you with an on-the-spot example?

:eager: If so, please share. Just be sure to let me know if it's original to you; or if not, where it comes from.
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MadOldHag Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In Germany like in the Netherlands, we are comparing apples to pears.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Writer
The more I think about it, the more it sounds like the apple-pear distinction may refer to the difference in their shapes. I know that human body proportions are sometimes referred to as being apple- and pear-shaped.

Which now makes me wonder how oranges wound up replacing pears here in the US. Their color? Flavor? Texture? Or the completely different climates in which they're grown? :hmm:
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MadOldHag Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Who knows? In both cases you have two fruits. Apples and oranges or apples and pears you often find together in a fruit salad, but they are still different fruits.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012   Writer
In the Netherlands, we say: 'Je kunt geen appels met peren vergelijken'. It means 'You can't compare apples with pears'. True stuff.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Writer
:no: Those poor pears. What did they ever do to deserve such lack of love?
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   Writer
It's not negative. Apples and pears are just two different things. I give pears love anyway.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Writer
:iconlolwutplz: Just be careful which pears you choose to love! ;p
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012   Writer
That one is scary.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Writer
:nod: There's a reason it's known as The Biting Pear of Salamanca.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Writer
It freaks the hell out of me.
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