Don’t wake up a sleeping dog

Here is another beaut from the sports world.   Miami Heat center Chris Bosh, commenting on Lance Stephenson of the Pacers trash-talking Lebron James said,  “Don’t wake up a sleeping dog. That’s a lesson I learned a long time ago.”   This is a great mash-up of “let sleeping dogs lie” (leave something alone that may cause trouble) and “don’t wake a sleeping giant”   (something powerful that is not dangerous unless provoked).  Confusion lies in the common word “sleeping” and that some dogs can be dangerous if provoked.   A big shout out to Justin Taylor for catching this one!  Reference is below:
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11 Comments on “Don’t wake up a sleeping dog”

  1. Doobster418 says:

    “Don’t wake up a sleeping dog” almost makes sense. Some of the mashups you post are totally incomprehensible. I really enjoy your blog and it makes me smile every time I read one of these. Thanks.

  2. janstu says:

    I found your site when I was looking for the correct translation of the Dutch expression “Maak geen slapende honden wakker”. (Don’t wake up sleeping dogs). Interesting that this is a “malaphor” in English. To Doobster, I would say, it doesn’t ALMOST make sense, it makes REAL sense, LOL

    • davemalaphor says:

      Thank you Jan. Interesting how similar meaning idioms are expressed differently in different languages and cultures. If you have any Dutch malaphors, please pass them on. I would love to post some idiom mash ups in other languages.

  3. Bernd Paysan says:

    “Nur keine schlafenden Hunde wecken” is a German proverb, too.

  4. Peter says:

    and a Martian one as well…

  5. Erik Louman says:

    we dont say it in singular in Dutch
    it should be plural
    sleeping dogs.

  6. Someone used that comment to me, let the sleeping dog sleep, although I agree, some matters need to be discussed to bring closure

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