He got the raw end of the stickPosted: January 19, 2016
This gem comes from an interview with former Duke turned Maryland basketball player Rasheed Sulaimon’s mother. She was discussing his dismissal from the team:
“He’s not the type of kid who’s like, ‘I’m not in their program, so forget about them,'” Angela Sulaimon also told the Sun. “Friendship means a lot. He was very positive toward the guys he played with. They were like brothers. It had nothing to do with the guys. A lot of them felt like Rasheed got the raw end of the stick. I felt like Rasheed was sacrificed.”
This is a mash up of “getting a raw deal” (unfair or bad treatment) and “getting the short end of the stick” (less desirable part). Both phrases involve someone getting “the shaft”, so to speak. I can see getting a raw deal or the short end of the stick but the raw end must really be bad. This malaphor is similar to my 2/15/15 entry, “I’m getting the shaft end of the stick”, which might even be more painful. https://malaphors.com/2015/02/15/im-getting-the-shaft-end-of-the-stick/ A big shout out to Justin Taylor who ran across this malaphor in the Baltimore Sun.