Oh my. This beauty was uttered by Sean Spicer, President-Elect Trump’s Press Secretary, talking on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Here is the context:
“If my boss at the time, Reince Priebus, had gotten the debate questions, and handed them off, he would have been driven out of this town on a stake, and Donald Trump would have been vilified.” http://22.214.171.124/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/312361-spicer-questions-if-clinton-should-be-punished-for-receiving
This is a mash up of “run out of town on a rail” (punish someone by public condemnation or ridicule) and “burn someone at the stake” (to chastise or denounce someone severely). “Head on a stake” might also be in the mix.
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I received this malaphor from two people at virtually the same time, a first on this website. So kudos to John Pekich and Mike Kovacs for hearing this one on the Sunday talk news shows and sending it to yours truly!
A speaker at a company conference was praising the company’s performance for the year. This is a nice mash up of “knock it out of the park” (do something successfully or an outstanding achievement) and “over the top” (having gained more than one’s goal). The phrase “knock it out of the park” seems to be a frequent source of malaphors. I have previously posted such gems as “we really nailed it out of the park” https://malaphors.com/2015/08/18/we-really-nailed-it-out-of-the-park/, “they blew it out of the park” https://malaphors.com/2012/10/27/they-blew-it-out-of-the-park/, and “I need to knock it out of the box” https://malaphors.com/2014/07/21/i-need-to-knock-it-out-of-the-box/. A big thanks to Rachel for hearing this one and passing it on!
This was overheard on a conference call. It is a nice mash up of “go to the ends of the earth” (pursue to the utmost limit) and I think “love you to the moon and back” (love you forever). “Promise the moon (to someone)” (to make extravagant promises) and “ask for the moon” (make outlandish request for something) might also be in the mix. Of course, the speaker might have said this literally, upping the ante on performing a task. Going to the ends of the earth is not enough. Kudos to Anthony Kovacs for hearing this one and sending it in to Malaphor Central.
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I am starting 2017 with a bang with one of the best malaphors ever uttered. It appeared in an article in the Atlantic entitled, “If not Obamacare, Then What?” and contains interviews with Trump voters in rural Pennsylvania. One person who owns a hair salon was complaining of the rise in premiums on Pennsylvania’s Obamacare exchange. Frustrated with escalating premiums and deductibles, she said this malaphor. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/12/if-not-obamacare-then-what/511130/?utm_source=fbb
It is a congruent conflation of “welcome to my world” and “walk a mile in (someone’s) shoes”, both meaning to consider another person’s perspective or experiences. Kudos to Steve Kovacs who spotted this one and passed it on! An assist to Mike Kovacs for posting the article on Facebook where his brother promptly identified the perfectly formed malaphor.
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