He always said 1990 was the year he hit the rocksPosted: May 13, 2019 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: hit a new low, hit rock bottom, hit the skids, humor, idioms, language, malaphor, Morning Joe, Susanne Craig, Trump, words Leave a comment
This one comes from New York Times reporter Susanne Craig, appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, discussing her reporting on Donald Trump’s business losses during 1984-1994. It is a congruent conflation of “hit rock bottom” and “hit the skids”, both referring to a period of trouble or decline. Both contain the word “hit”, contributing to the mixup. “Hit a new low” might also be in the mix. A big thanks to Vicki Ameel Kovacs for hearing this one. Vicki can spot a malaphor a mile away.