It didn’t carry any water with the JudgePosted: February 22, 2016
This was heard on NPR’s Morning Edition. The reporter was describing the argument on the motion to dismiss the criminal charges in Pennsylvania by Bill Cosby’s lawyers as follows: “it didn’t carry any water with the judge.” This is a mashup of “carry weight with” (be influential) and “carry (someone’s) water” (do someone’s bidding or to be subservient to someone). The word carry is used in the same phrases contributing to the mix up. Weight and water both begin with W and have similar sounds. Also, the visual of a water carrier (Aquarius or Adam Sandler?) might have “sprung” up in the speaker’s mind. A big thanks to multiple malaphor contributor Yvonne Stam for hearing this one! She has ears like a hawk.