The gorilla in the roomPosted: November 22, 2021
Yet another great malaphor uttered on Brian Williams’ podcast, “11th Hour”. This time the speaker is former US Attorney Joyce Vance (heard on 11/11 at the 16:50 ).
This is a mashup of “the 800 pound gorilla” (dominant force that cannot be ignored) and “the elephant in the room” (a truth that cannot be ignored). The elephant and the gorilla get mixed up often apparently. See, for example, “it’s the 800 pound elephant in the room” https://malaphors.com/2015/03/30/its-the-800-pound-elephant-in-the-room/ or “the 800 pound gorilla in the room” https://malaphors.com/2012/11/15/the-800-pound-gorilla-in-the-room/
A big thank you to Frank King for hearing this beauty and sending it in.