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Even-headed

On the MSNBC show The Beat with Ari Melber, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D – CT) decried the loss of H.R. McMaster by saying that there are now “fewer even-headed, mature individuals in this administration”.  This is a mashup of “even-handed” (impartial or equitable)  and “level (or calm)-headed” (calm and practical).  This is almost a perfect malaphor.  The words “even” and “level” both relate to equity, and “hand” and “head” are body parts and similar sounding words.  Was this perhaps a Freudian slip, with the speaker thinking that the current Trump administration has some “odd heads” in it?  A shout out to “my ol’ pal” Beatrice Zablocki for hearing this one and sending it in!
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