She hasn’t lost a beatPosted: June 27, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: expressions, have not lost a step, have not missed a beat, humor, language, malaphor, malaphors, words Leave a comment
Referring to an elderly relative, this mix up was uttered by my wife and when she said it she immediately said, “write that down”. The best malaphors do go in one ear and out the other, and this one is no exception. Subtle, it is a mash up of “haven’t lost a step” (have not slowed down) and “not missed (or skipped) a beat” (no pause). Steps and beats go together so this one is a logical malaphor. Also, musicians sometimes lose the beat so the phrase is a real one in the musical world. A big thanks to Elaine Hatfield for blurting this one out!
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