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    run off at the mouse

    "If you feel like running off at the mouse, save your unsent e-mails as a draft." Run off here would mean writing a lot of e-mails?

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    Re: run off at the mouse

    "If you feel like running off at the mouse, save your unsent e-mails as a draft." Run off here would mean writing a lot of e-mails?

    Yes; this is a play on words.

    The term is "running off at the mouth" which means to talk a lot. So "running off at the mouse" would mean writing a lot of emails.

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    Re: run off at the mouse

    I would have said it wasn't the quantity of the e-mails but their content.

    Running off at the mouth is talking excessively, or (crucially) indiscreetly, without thinking first.

    In e-mail terms, I suspect "running off at the mouse" means writing e-mails containing things you would later wish you hadn't said - either things that should have remained private, or that could be misinterpreted by the recipient, or things that simply make you look foolish. Saving them as drafts allows you to cool down before re-reading them, so that you can make appropriate edits to prevent making a bad impression.

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    Re: run off at the mouse

    This is a very clever play on words!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: run off at the mouse

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This is a very clever play on words!
    I take it, it's kind of ambiguous. The meaning of it depends on a speaker.

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    Re: run off at the mouse

    Actually, as a native speaker, I don't find anything ambiguous at all. Instead of running off at the MOUTH and saying things I might regret later, it means typing things in an e-mail I might regret later. As I said, it's quite clever and its meaning is immediately clear to me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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