It's not just about deodorant, anymore; now it's economics, too.
On the front page of the Wall Street Journal Online today (subscriber-only) appears a bizarre mixed metaphor:
Steve Liesman says the "soft patch" may be drying up, but stays wary as economists cut forecasts again.
So according to the caption writer, when things stop being soft, they become dry instead of hard. Compare this with a line not far into the story, penned by Mr. Liesman instead of the WSJ's caption writers:
Report after report suggested the soft patch of economic growth we experienced this summer was yielding to the firmer ground of growth.
Here, "soft" is contrasted with "firm", which is a considerably more likely antonym given that they both describe hardness. Of course, there's also something a bit odd about suggesting that one piece of ground, which is presumably stationary, is yielding to another one, especially when the metaphor in question doesn't suggest that there's a landslide going on.