We can break historyPosted: September 28, 2018
This is one of my favorites. Donald Trump Jr. uttered this one when discussing the upcoming midterm elections. He told ABC news, “So our people, the MAGA people, they have to turn out. They have to get out and vote. And I think we can break history.” https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-jr-father-trusts-smaller-group-aides-white/story?id=57735562
This is a mash up of “make history” (to do something historically significant) and I think “break a record” (to do something at a higher or greater degree than the greatest extent currently known). Both expressions refer to achieving something never before achieved so it is close to a congruent conflation. “Break with tradition” (to do something in a new way) might also be in the mix. I am tempted to say “break wind” (to expel gas, fart) was also on the speaker’s mind but that is just a guess. A big thanks to Jack Chandler for spotting this gem.