2020 Malaphor of the Year!!Posted: December 31, 2020
The countdown is over. It’s now time to reveal this year’s Malaphor of the Year. But before I unveil this masterpiece, here are the winners of past years:
2015 – I have a pulse to the ground (submitted by Paula Garrety)
2016 – Let’s give them a round of hand! (submitted by Martin Pietrucha)
2017 – Welcome to my shoes (submitted by Steve Kovacs)
2018 – Whatever turns your boat (submitted by John Kooser)
2019 – My old car shit the bucket (submitted by John Fischer)
This year’s winner made national news and was uttered by President-elect Joe Biden, so I am hoping we have barely scratched the tip of the iceberg on malaphors coming from him. This one was submitted by Bruce Ryan in December. Drum roll, please……..
You’re a one-horse pony
Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked President-elect a question : “Mr. President-elect, do you still think that stories about your son Hunter were Russian disinformation?” Biden responded, “Yes, yes and yes. God love you, man. You’re a one-horse pony, I tell ya.”
This is a great mashup of “one-trick pony” (someone who is limited to one talent or repeats the same thing) and “one-horse town” (small, unimportant place). Both have the word “one” in them and of course are tied with the equestrian theme. Since this was uttered just a few days before Christmas, the song “Jingle Bells” and “a one-horse open sleigh” might have been on the President-elect’s mind. Bruce Ryan spotted this one first, but also kudos to Ron MacDonald, nutshell_blogger, Robert McLaughlin (via Steve Grieme) and Fred Martin for also sending it in. Happy New Year!