He’s sharp as a whipPosted: March 11, 2016
This malaphor was heard on “Hardball” with Chris Matthews. Political pundit Charles Cook was describing former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards, now elderly, whom he saw recently. This is a congruent conflation of “smart as a whip” and “sharp as a tack”, both meaning to be very intelligent. Both idioms contain the same number of words, and “sharp” and “smart” have similar sounds. I can see where these metaphor can be easily mixed. A big shout out to “my ol’ pal” Beatrice Zablocki for hearing this one and passing it on!