I don’t harbor any luggagePosted: March 14, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: excess baggage, expressions, harbor a grudge, humor, language, malaphor, malaphors, mixed idioms, words 3 Comments
Pretty whacky, but it was said by the Rochester NY school board President. “‘I don’t harbor any luggage from our battle over mayoral control,’ White said, noting he and Duffy have known one another for years.” This is a mash up of “harbor (or hold) a grudge” (to have persistent ill feelings toward another) and “excess (or a lot of) baggage” (a personal history or traumatic experience that has become burdensome). This is an interesting malaphor as the word luggage does not appear in any of the mixed idioms. Baggage and luggage are synonymous and also sound alike, so this is where the mix up occurred. Also “grudge” and “luggage” have similar sounds so the brain might have tried to pluck “grudge” from the swirl of words and instead picked “baggage”. A big thank you to John Costello for reading this one and passing it on.
Excellent analysis, Dave. What our brains do with language is fascinating, isn’t it.
I knew this had to have come from john costello when i saw. Where this came from. John is an expt spotter
Thanks! And as the language keeps adding cliches and we keep getting older, malaphors become a growth industry.