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There is not enough respect shown to ordinary people busting their necks

This beauty was uttered by Vice President Joe Biden on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.  He was talking about both parties  and noting that they were not very good “at listening to the concerns of ordinary people busting their necks.”  http://info.msnbc.com/_news/2016/07/27/35882707-morning-joe-news-joe-biden-says-the-democratic-party-overall-hasnt-spoken-enough-to-white-working-class-voters?lite

This is a nice congruent conflation of “busting their butts” and “breaking their necks”, both meaning to work very hard.  The confusion not only stems from the similar meanings of both phrases but also the words “bust” and “break”.  In addition, as noted here many times, body parts are often mixed up in the wonderful world of malaphors.  A big thanks to Linda Bernstein for catching this in the NY Times and passing it on!

Did you like this one?  Well, I have an entire section devoted to malaphors spoken by politicians in my new book He Smokes Like a Fish and other Malaphors!  And malaphors are not partial to one political party.  Read great ones uttered by Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and more!!!  Get it on Amazon now at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692652205!

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