They are ramroading this through the legislature

This is an excellent word blend congruent conflation of “ramrodding”  and “railroading”, both meaning to force passage or acceptance of something, such as a law or bill.   This mental mix up stems from two words that sound very similar and with the same meaning.  Perhaps “ramroading” is a really BIG effort to push a bill through the legislature!

As I have stated in previous blog posts, the word blend is a special kind of malaphor, not to be confused with a portmanteau.  The portmanteau is a combination of two words intentionally to create a new word, such as “smog”, which is a blend of “fog” and “smoke”.  A word blend is an unintentional mix of two words, creating a malaphor.  My favorite example is “Buckminster Palace”, a blend of Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace (with maybe Buckminster Fuller thrown in for good measure).  By the way, if you google that one you come up with multiple hits, making it a popular malaphor.

A big thanks to Andy Manatos for hearing this one and passing it on!

Did you like this word blend?  I have a whole chapter devoted to these mental hiccups in my book “He Smokes Like a Fish and other Malaphors”, available on Amazon now!  Ramroad a friend to get one today!


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