You hit the nail on the button

Two friends were talking. One correctly guesses the answer to some question they are contemplating. The other one says, “you hit the nail on the button.” This is a congruent conflation of “hit the nail on the head” and “on the button”, both meaning to be precisely correct or accurate. There are lots of malaphors emanating from “hitting the nail”. Check out my website and type in “nail” or “head”. You will come across some beauties such as “you put your finger on the nail” and “you hit the nail on the coffin”.

A big thanks to Verbatim for hearing this one and sending it in!



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