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We’re starting from scratch one

This was uttered while making a second attempt at lugging a couch down a set of stairs.  It’s a congruent conflation of “back to square one” and “starting from scratch” both meaning a starting place or at the beginning.   These phrases seem to be a continual source of confusion.  For example, I’ve posted “back to square zero”  https://malaphors.com/2017/03/24/were-back-to-square-zero/ and “starting from ground one” https://malaphors.com/2012/11/07/starting-from-ground-one/.  Both confuse the many phrases that describe a new beginning or starting over.  While a square is certainly not a zero, the mind might be mixing them.  One and zero are both numbers, and scratch and square are both similar in sound.  A tip of the hat to John Kooser for muttering this one and passing it on!

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