He is green around the edges

On the National Geographic show Life Below Zero, one of the cast members (Sue Aikens) commented about getting help from one of her nephews and said that he was green around the edges.  This is a mash up of “green” or “a little green” (rookie, not having much experience) and “rough around the edges” (unsophisticated or not refined).  “Green around the gills” (look ill and pale) might also be in the mix given the word “around”.  This malaphor reminds me of a classic uttered by then Senator Barack Obama.  In the second debate, Obama said that McCain would want the public to think that he (Obama) was “green behind the ears” when it came to foreign policy.  See my post:  https://malaphors.com/2012/08/08/green-behind-the-ears/.   Whether it’s wet or rough, it always seems to be green!  A big thanks to Mike Ameel for hearing this one and passing it along!

life below zero


One Comment on “He is green around the edges”

  1. Beatrice Zablocki says:

    Reminded me of the same quote. But was it uttered on St. Patrick’s Day last week? Might have another source. Just kidding.

    Sent from my iPad

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