2019 Malaphor of the Year – Number 3Posted: December 30, 2019
This one submitted just a few weeks ago struck me as a perfectly formed malaphor and so it comes in at number 3 this year.
He’s on a thin leash
This beauty was uttered by someone who was asked if he thought the Cowboys’ football coach, Jason Garrett, would be fired soon. It is a mashup of “on thin ice” (close to being in trouble) and “on a tight leash” (strict control over someone). The words “thin” and “tight” are close in sound and meaning. A big thanks to John Kooser who heard this one and passed it on!