These folks are trying to advance this niche of the piePosted: July 26, 2014 Filed under: FOOD, pie | Tags: a piece of the pie, blended idioms, carve out a niche, expressions, humor, language, malaphor, malaphors, mixed idioms, words 2 Comments
A subtle but proper malaphor, this is a mash up of “carve out a niche” (supplying a product for a particular segment of the market) and “a piece of the pie” (a share of something). The mind might be visualizing carving a pie and hence the mix up. Also both expressions concern a focus on a small part of a greater whole. I think the next time I order dessert I will ask for a niche of pie, and see what reaction I get. If the waiter quickly writes down the expression I will know the malaphor love is spreading. A big thanks to Martin Pietrucha for hearing this one and sharing it with malaphor central.
Dave, it’s not Atlas…you support the globe with attention to the endless adjustments of our language. Well done!
I saw this today and, though it will go unadorned with the malaphor fame, a laid-off Copy Editor probably nods her head and says “Told you so”. I knew you might like it:
“While Bibb schools bring in new leaders and increase professional development, teachers face a learning curb as a new state test is rolled out this spring”.
Is that like a lid on smarts, or you really can’t eat all you can eat?
That’s a beaut malaprop Cam. No malaphor but it made my day!