She’s got a new project on the firePosted: February 26, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: expressions, humor, irons in the fire, language, malaphor, malaphors, on the back burner, on the front burner, words Leave a comment
This malaphor was spoken on Entertainment Tonight. It is a mash up of “iron(s) in the fire” (an undertaking or project in progress) and a project “on the front burner” (receiving immediate attention), although “on the back burner” (not requiring immediate attention) might be in the mix if the project is not quite “on the fire”. “On fire” (doing very well, enthusiastic) may also be in play if the project is really heating up. Burners are associated with fire so my guess is that this where the mix-up occurred in the brain. Many thanks to Jack Chandler for hearing this one and passing it on.