It’s been pushed under the rug

In the 6/21/22 edition of the New York Times, a woman was being asked her opinion about whether we are paying enough attention to the issue of race. She said “I don’t think we’re paying too much attention. I think it’s always been pushed under the rug.” This is a congruent conflation of “pushed aside” and “swept/brushed under the rug/carpet”, both meaning to ignore or disregard something. It turns out that one of the candidates for senator in Georgia has also said it: And a “real housewife of New Jersey”: “Push” and “brush” sound and look alike, possibly creating the malaphor.

A big thanks to Barry Eigen for spotting this one and sending it in (instead of pushing it under the rug).


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