Throw the kitchen sink at the wall and see what sticks

Ben Ginsburg, a Republican lawyer who spearheaded former George W. Bush’s election appeal, was on 60 minutes and was talking about Trump’s strategy in contesting this year’s election. This is a mashup of “everything but the kitchen sink” (nearly everything one could imagine) and “throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks” (if you make enough attempts or guesses, some of them will be correct or useful). Both idioms involve trying just about anything to achieve a result, so this could easily be called a congruent conflation. Perhaps the speaker was thinking about making spaghetti in his kitchen. Based on the clip below, I don’t think this was an intentional mashup. Another huge thank you to Frank King for hearing this one and sending it in.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.