Our spouses and our children are off bounds

Politics and malaphors go together like chocolate and peanut butter.  This beauty was uttered by Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz in response to attacks against his family from Donald Trump.  “Our spouses and our children are off bounds,” the Texas senator continued, saying he wasn’t looking forward to explaining the attacks against their mother to his two young daughters. “It is not acceptable for a big loud New York bully to attack my wife.”Cruz hits Trump over attacks on his wife.  This is a congruent conflation of “out of bounds” and “off limits”, both meaning to be beyond established limits and unreasonable.   A big thank you to Colleen Rowe Morris for seeing this one on http://www.npr.org and passing it on!
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