She’s going to kick some dust off the tiresPosted: October 22, 2013 Filed under: ACTION, brush, dirt, dust, kick | Tags: blended idioms, expressions, Hillary Clinton, humor, kick the tires, language, malaphors, mixed idioms, words 2 Comments
Hillary Clinton that is. This malaphor was spoken by CNN political reporter Peter Hamby when discussing the Hillary campaign speech in the Virginia governor‘s race. It is a mash up of “kick the tires” (to test something) and I think “when the dust settles” (waiting for things to calm down), although “bite the dust” (to die) might be in the mix as well. Certainly tires cause lots of dust so hence the confusion. A big thanks to Steve Grieme for hearing this one and sending it in.
They really kicked themselves in the footPosted: January 4, 2013 Filed under: ACTION, BODY PARTS, foot, kick | Tags: blended idioms, expressions, foot, kicked myself, malaphors, mixed idioms, Oklahoma football team, shot myself in the foot, words Leave a comment
This is a mash up of “shot myself in the foot” (said or did something stupid that causes problems for the person) and “kicked myself” (feel angry with yourself because you have done something stupid). This was heard by Deb Rose on a local sports show in Oklahoma. After the University of Oklahoma suffered a painful loss, making mistake after mistake and giving away the win, a local sportscaster said, “Boy, they really kicked themselves in the foot!”