Does he think I just fell from the turnip tree?Posted: July 29, 2014 Filed under: turnip | Tags: expressions, fell off a turnip truck, fell off the wagon, humor, language, malaphor, malaphors, mixed idioms, the apple does not fall far from the tree, words Leave a comment
The turnip truck idiom seems to be a tough one to remember and say correctly, as it was the subject of another malaphor posted last December, “I wasn’t born off the turnip truck” (December 7, 2013). This new one appears to be a mash up of “fallen off the turnip truck” (someone unsophisticated or naiive) and “the apple does not fall far from the tree” (inherited personality traits). Perhaps “to fall off the wagon” (back to drinking after a period of abstinence) might be in the mix as well. A tip of the hat to John Costello who admits he blurted this one out.