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The last thing we need to do is monkey this up

Ron DeSantis, the Republican candidate for governor of Florida, uttered this one on Fox when asked about his Democrat opponent, Andrew Gillum:  “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.”  https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/29/politics/ron-desantis-andrew-gillum-attack/index.html

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/29/ron-desantis-andrew-gillum-monkey-florida-elections-801685

Putting aside the controversy swirling around this utterance, I believe it is a malaphor, as the phrase “monkey this up” does not exist.  Instead, it is a mash up of “monkey around” (waste time or procrastinate) and “muck (it) up” (to ruin or mess something up).  Muck and monkey have similar sounds, perhaps contributing to this mix up.  A partial shout out to Mike Kovacs who deconstructed this with me today. @RepDeSantis @AndrewGillum

 

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2 Comments on “The last thing we need to do is monkey this up”

  1. Bob Smith says:

    You might also consider the idiom of “Throw a monkey wrench into (something)”, meaning to sabotage or damage or foul up things.

  2. davemalaphor says:

    Yes, that might have also been on his mind.


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