Two Hundred Twelve

The term, “spiraling out of control,” suggests there should be a corresponding term, “spiraling into control.” But I don’t think such a term is in common use. That leads, of course, to wondering about the etymology of the phrase.

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2 Responses to Two Hundred Twelve

  1. Teresa says:

    possibly from looking at water going down a drain.

  2. jserolf says:

    Is that an antagonym? What a great line….I’ve never heard it used before,John.

    Suggests something deliberate about a character “spiraling into control” — the spiraling nature of luck and fate, though to me always suggestive that our victory is usually random, though made more likely when we continuously spiral around something of interest. It follows the proverbial line that one gets burned if s/he hangs around fire too long — but that line could also be taken as a positive outcome. Hence, another negative irony turned positive, from Elvin Bishop’s wonderful late 70’s piece “I fooled around and fell in love.”

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