You hit the nail on the coffinPosted: February 17, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: another nail in the coffin, expressions, final nail in the coffin, hit the nail on the head, humor, language, malaphor, malaphors, words 2 Comments
This jumble involves the word nail and perhaps vampires? It is a mash up of “hit the nail on the head” (to get exactly right) and “the final nail in the coffin” (an event that ultimately leads to the failure of a situation or event that has already begun to fail). Also in the mix is probably “another nail in the coffin” (something that will harm or destroy someone – e.g., cigarette). Certainly the common word “nail” is the culprit here, but also the phrases conjure up the image of hitting a nail on something. For me, the image of the wooden stake (nail?) being driven in the heart of a vampire might be adding to the mix-up. A big thank you to Lou Holtzman, who heard this from a co-worker and immediately send it to Malaphor Central. That was the right thing to do, Lou; otherwise you would have forgotten it, as the best malaphors are fleeting thoughts.
It was quite interesting to learn about this phrase, this is probably one of the most scaring phrases in English. Thank you.
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