That rubs a nerve with some people

Tamron Hall was interviewing Paulina Porizkova on her show, and they were discussing the backlash created by Paulina modeling lingerie in her 50s. Tamron then said, “that rubs a nerve with some people”. Catch it at the 18 second mark:

https://people.com/style/paulina-porizkova-responds-to-ageist-instagram-backlash-on-the-tamron-hall-show/

This is a congruent conflation of “rub (someone) the wrong way” and “touches a (raw) nerve”, both meaning to irritate someone or evoke a strong emotion. On the other hand, perhaps Tamron was uttering a Freudian slip or euphemism when discussing one’s reaction to Paulina in lingerie.

A big thank you to Mike Kovacs for spotting this one and sending it in!



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