I’ve opened up a can of beans

This is a mash up of “”can of worms” and “spill the beans”.  Of course, by itself it could be meant literally as opening a can of beans, but in the context the speaker meant to say “I’ve opened up a can of worms”.   This malaphor is similar to  a previous malaphor post – “That’s a real ball of worms” (12/18/12), mixing “can of worms”  with “ball of wax”.  Thanks to Denita for sending this one in!

Don’t let the bean out of the bag

This strange expression is a mash up of  “cat out of the bag” and “spill the beans”, both meaning to give away a secret or surprise.   The speaker may also have been thinking of bean bags.   Who didn’t have a bean bag chair adorning their living room in the 70s and 80s?  Mine was a beautiful pukish brown with a corduroy cover – stylish.    Thanks to Cathy Miller for this one!

Bean Bag Chair

Bean Bag Chair (Photo credit: Clover_1)