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I dropped the boat on that one

This is a terrific congruent conflation of “missed the boat” and “dropped the ball”, both meaning to have made an error or mistake.  Maybe the speaker was experiencing an earworm of that 1974 song “Rock the Boat” by the one hit wonder group Hues Corporation.   In any event, this double whammy can be used to describe the mother of all mistakes.  A big thanks to Marcia Riefer Johnston who sent this one in and is a new malaphor follower.  By the way, she has a great website, http://writing.rocks.  Check it out!

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6 Comments on “I dropped the boat on that one”

  1. David, your acknowledgment brought me a smile today. Keep the malaphors coming!

  2. Sorry, David—meant to email that note to myself!

    Marcia

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  3. Dave, do you have a Twitter handle? If so, I’ll include it in my tweets. (I searched and didn’t find you.)


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