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Spiraling downhill

Is there such a thing as a dyslexic malaphor?  “Spiraling downhill” might be one.  It was said on MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren’s show, referring to Trump’s leaking of classified information to the Russians in the Oval Office.  I believe it is a mashup of “spiraling down” and “going downhill”, both meaning something going out of control and getting worse.  There is also “downward spiral”, also meaning a situation getting worse.  If I keep thinking about this one, I will be spiraling downhill so my analysis now ends.  A tip of the hat to Mike Kovacs for hearing this one!

 

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