2020 Malaphor of the Year – Number 3Posted: December 30, 2020
There are people falling behind the crack (submitted September 2020)
This one makes the top 6 just because of the visual. Jeannie Blaylock, a TV news anchor in Jacksonville, Fl, uttered this one when she was discussing the financial strain of COVID. It is a congruent conflation of people “falling through the cracks” and “falling behind”, both meaning those who are not helped by the system which is supposed to deal with them. “Falling” is the common word here, and is the cause of the mashup. Lou Pugliese caught this one, and it is the #3 malaphor of the year for 2020.