I’m jumping at the gunPosted: August 6, 2022
This malaphor occurred during a conversation about airline prices. The speaker indicated that the prices are only going to go up, so she was “jumping at the gun”. This is a mashup of “jumping the gun” (start doing something too soon) and “jumping at the chance” (to seize an opportunity). “Jumping” is the tie that binds this conflation. A big thank you to Elaine Hatfield for hearing this one.