At the drop of a whimPosted: July 25, 2015
This beauty was heard on TMZ. It is a mash up of “at the drop of a hat” (doing something immediately) and “on a whim” (impulse). Both expressions indicate doing something quickly without thinking, making it a congruent conflation. Both expressions begin with prepositions indicating location, adding to the confusion. Perhaps the thinker was also thinking of the brim (rhyming with whim) of a hat. A big thanks to Vicki Kovacs for hearing this one and passing it on!