A lot of people say things on the cuff

This one was heard on a news broadcast. It is a nice congruent conflation of “on the fly” and “off the cuff”, both meaning to say or do something quickly and informally, without thought or preparation. The word “cuff” is in several idioms, and so is the source for many malaphors. See my website for some other examples, including “shoots from the cuff”, “off the top of my cuff”, and “off the cuff of my head”. https://malaphors.com/2013/08/19/off-the-cuff-of-my-head/ https://malaphors.com/2018/04/28/trump-shoots-off-the-cuff/ https://malaphors.com/2012/09/16/he-said-it-off-the-top-of-his-cuff/

A shout out to Mike Kovacs for hearing this one and contributing to the “cuff section” of the website.


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