You are getting yourself onto a sticky slope

During a performance review, a manager told an employee that he was getting himself onto a “sticky slope” when describing an overly complicated process the employee was going to put into place for following up on some delegated tasks. This is a mashup of “sticky situation” (a particularly awkward or difficult situation) and “slippery slope” (a dangerous path or route to follow). Both idioms describe a difficult situation, making it nearly a congruent conflation. The contributor of this malaphor said, “the imagery of me trudging up a “sticky slope” towards accountability was enough for me to rethink the process.” A big thank you to William Riley for hearing this one and sending it in!


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