People don’t want to live on eggshellsPosted: April 24, 2019 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: conflations, expressions, live in a glass house, living on the edge, malaphor, walking on eggshells, words Leave a comment
This was heard in an administrative hearing. It is a conflation of “walking on eggshells” (to act with great care so as not to upset someone) and I think “live in a glass house” (be susceptible to judgment or criticism). Eggshells and glass are both very fragile, and I think the speaker was thinking of both. “Living on the edge” (doing something daring or bold) might also be in the mix, with an eggshell (Humpty-Dumpty?) sitting on the edge of a wall. Any other thoughts? A big thanks to Sam Edelmann who heard this one and passed it on.