You guys are nipping it in the butt right now

Lots of malaphors on HGTV. This one was heard on the show “Rico to the Rescue”, Season 1, Episode 1 at 28:00. He was referring to stopping a problem quickly. This is a conflation of “nip it in the bud” (stop a problem) and “kick butt” (move something forward). One might say this is just a malaprop (butt for bud) or even an eggcorn, but I think in this context it is a bona fide malaphor. A big thank you to Yvonne Stam for hearing this one and sending it in.


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