Give them a round of handPosted: November 3, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: congruent conflation, expressions, give a big hand, humor, language, malaphor, malaphors, round of applause, words Leave a comment
This beauty was heard at a luncheon honoring university donors. The emcee asked the audience to give the honorees “a round of hand.” This is a congruent conflation of “round of applause” and “give them a (big) hand”, both meaning to have an audience give approval by clapping their hands. A round of ham or beef also comes to mind, so perhaps the emcee was hungry at that moment. A big round of hand to Martin Pietrucha for hearing this one and passing it on!
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