They were from opposite ends of the trackPosted: July 28, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: ESPN 30 for 30, expressions, humor, language, malaphor, malaphors, opposite ends of the spectrum, Tony Grossi, words, wrong side of the tracks Leave a comment
Tony Grossi, Cleveland sportswriter, was discussing the differences between Cleveland Browns’ owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown in Believeland, an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary. It is a conflation of “opposite ends of the spectrum” (completely opposing views) and “wrong side of the tracks (poor area of town). This mix up stems largely I think from the speakers’s mind conjuring up a town with poor on one side and rich on the other, but wanting to convey differences of opinion and views. Track then substituted for spectrum. Kudos to Mike Kovacs, “The Malaphor Hunter”, for hearing this subtle mash up and sending it in!