magic bullet vs silver bullet : Common Errors in English

About magic bullet vs silver bullet

In modern English there are a number of specialized uses for the phrase “magic bullet”; but the traditional term for a quick, effective solution to a difficult problem is “silver bullet.” It is derived from the folk belief that bullets made of silver were especially effective against werewolves, vampires, and other supernatural monsters.

magic bullet Meaning(s)

  • (n) a remedy (drug or therapy or preventive) that cures or prevents a disease

silver bullet Meaning(s)

  • (n) a simple guaranteed solution for a difficult problem

magic bullet in News

  • San Bernardino County opts for dispensary closures via courts

    The much-heralded May 6 decision by the California Supreme Court affirming local governments' right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their borders has not been the magic bullet some had expected it to be.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Redlands Daily Facts

silver bullet in News

  • White House says weapons en route to Syrian rebels

    The White House said Friday that Syrian rebels should begin to receive shipments of U.S. arms within weeks, but cautioned that imposing a no-fly zone, as some have advocated, isn't a "silver bullet" to ending the two-year-old civil war. Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to President Obama, said ...
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Washington Times

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