He went over the deep edge

Seen on a corporate flyer, this malaphor is a subtle congruent conflation of “over the edge” and “off the deep end”, both meaning to act irrationally or out of control.  Both phrases describe a precipice, hence the confusion.  Also the words “off” and “over” are similar in sound and shape.  I think “edge” and “end” also contribute to the mental hiccup.  A big thanks to Marcia Johnston, author of several books and the website writing.rocks, for spotting this one and passing it on!

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