It’s cold out there. No two questions about it.

This is a nice congruent conflation of “no question” and “no two ways about it”, both meaning there is no doubt about something.  My guess is that there probably wasn’t even one question about it.  This perfectly crafted mash up was heard by Marcia Riefer Johnston.  Thanks Marcia for passing this one on!  By the way, for all you word freaks out there check out Marcia’s great books on writing, “Word Up!” and “You Can Say That Again”, both available on Amazon.  Also check her website out –

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There’s a lot of mending bridges going on

This great malaphor was spoken by Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post on the t.v. show With All Due Respect, discussing the possibility of Romney becoming Secretary of State.  It is a mash up of “building bridges” (to increase understanding between different people or groups) and “mending fences” (to repair relationships).  Interestingly, I ran across an article by the travel guy Rick Steves entitled “Mending Bridges in Mostar”, a wonderful story about the healing in a small town in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Here is the link:   I think it’s worth a read considering the turmoil between religions and cultures that exist throughout the world today.  A big thanks to Sam Edelmann who heard this one and passed it on!

We are trying to problem shoot this

This is a nice mash up of “problem-solve” and “troubleshoot”, both meaning to locate the cause of a problem and treat it.   As the contributor, John Polk said, it’s  “better to shoot the problem than the messenger”.   You can follow John on Twitter @ClichesGoneWild.

Cameras blazing

This one was tweeted last week by President-elect Donald Trump in one of his many tweets:  “Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen!”

It is a mash up of “with (your) guns blazing” (doing something with a lot of force or energy) and “keep the cameras rolling” (staying on the record after intending to end a discussion or video).  However, perhaps Mr. Trump really intended to use the mixed idiom to convey many cameras having great force or effect.  Or, perhaps he was emphasizing that a trip to the theater should not be in the press?  Maybe many phones lighting up at once creating a fiery effect?  What do you think?  Not sure what he really meant, but I do know he formed a very nice malaphor for this website!  A big thanks to Yvonne Stam, frequent malaphor contributor for spotting this one and sending it in!

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She’s trying to walk this needle

The election is over, but the malaphors continue to flood in.  This one was heard on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.   Discussing Kelly Ayotte’s (R-NH) response to the question of Donald Trump being a role model, James Pindell of the Boston Globe uttered this gem.  It is a congruent conflation of “walk a thin (fine) line” and “thread the needle”, both meaning to skillfully navigate through a tough dilemma.  “Toe the line” might also be in the mix, with the speaker thinking toes do the walking.   A big thanks to Sally Adler for hearing this one and sending it in!


The coach makes no qualms about it

This subtle malaphor was uttered by a CBS reporter covering an El Paso high school basketball team.   The reporter said “the coach makes no qualms about it, he has a favorite on this team.”  This is a mash up of “no qualms” (no question about the rightness of an action) and “make no bones about it” (to state clearly what you think or feel about something).   Frank King strikes again, sending this one in!

This is up my wheelhouse

This nice conflation was spoken by Vicki Gunvalson of the Bravo television program “The Real Housewives of Orange County”.  She was speaking about a new charity she’s launching called KillAllCancer.
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This is a congruent conflation of “up my alley” and “in my wheelhouse”,  both phrases meaning something matching one’s interests or abilities in someone’s comfort zone.  Location seems to be the culprit here, with “up” and “in” getting confused.  A big, big, thanks to the Duke of Malaphors, Mike Kovacs, for seeing this one and passing it on.