strained or paradoxical use of words either in error (as `blatant’ to mean ‘flagrant’) or deliberately (as in a mixed metaphor: ‘blind mouths’)
Alexander Pope’s Peri Bathous, Or the Art of Sinking in Poetry:
“Masters of this [Catachresis] will say,
Mow the beard,
Shave the grass,
Pin the plank,
Nail my sleeve.
From whence results the same kind of pleasure to the mind, as doth to the eye when we behold Harlequin trimming himself with a hatchet, hewing down a tree with a razor, making his tea in a cauldron, and brewing his ale in a teapot, to the incredible satisfaction of the British spectator.”