Trump walked in like an elephant in a china shopPosted: December 9, 2019 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bull in a china shop, elephant in the room, expressions, humor, malaphor, malaphors, Morning Joe, Trump, words 4 Comments
Nicole Wallace on Morning Joe uttered this nice malaphor. It is a mashup of “bull in a china shop” (one who is aggressive and clumsy in a situation that requires care and delicacy) and “the elephant in the room” (an obvious truth or fact that is being intentionally ignored or left unaddressed). Not sure what would cause more damage in a china shop – a bull or an elephant? By the way, elephants are a common source of malaphors: just type the word “elephant” in the search engine on my website and you will find a treasure trove of elephant malaphors. a big thanks to Donna Calvert for hearing this one and passing it on.
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Only in this case, the elephant is actually trying to wreck the china shop.
Maybe Nicole Wallace has German heritage? Literally translated from German to English the saying goes “Behaves like an elephant in a china shop” 🙂
Maybe Nicole Wallace is of German heritage. Translated literally from German to English the German saying goes “behave like an elephant in the china shop” 🙂