We looked each other in the mirror

This was spoken by NBA Wizards basketball player John Wall in an ESPN interview.  It is a conflation of “look (someone) in the eyes (or face)” (face someone directly and forthrightly) and “look at myself in the mirror” (be candid and truthful with yourself).  One certainly looks at one’s face or eyes when staring into a mirror, so the mix up is generated from that visual image, I think.  A tip of the hat to Lin Sewell who heard this one and passed it on!


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