If you hear or see a malaphor, please let me know by dropping a comment on the website. Please include who said it and/or where you heard/saw it.
My husband and I were out to dinner with friends and he mixed “That really burns me up” with “gets your goat”. It came out as, “That really burns my goat!” I couldn’t stop laughing as I pictured a goat bursting into flames.
That’s an excellent one, Teri. I actually posted that one about nine years ago on the website – https://malaphors.com/2012/08/13/that-really-burns-my-goat/. I hope you enjoy the malaphors and the books! Dave
A new one for your “quench” page: “This should quench your curiosity,” a mashup of “quench your thirst” and “satisfy your curiosity.” The source is a website called Quora, and a posting about Paul McCartney’s brother. The exact quote is: “I’m sure I have others but this should quench your curiosity.” (The reference to “others” is to pictures of Paul and his brother.) https://www.quora.com/Who-is-Paul-McCartney-s-brother-and-what-does-he-look-like
My wife and I are binge watching The Sopranos in anticipation of the new prequel movie that will be coming out in a couple of weeks. In season 2, episode 3, Tony Soprano’s teenage daughter, Meadow, has a party that gets out of control and requires police intervention. Tony gets her out of trouble with the police and says to her as they’re driving home: “Just lucky I knew that cop, so he cut me a favor.” It’s a mashup of “cut me a break” and “did me a favor.” I don’t know why (and apropos of nothing) but the syntax of this malaphor reminds me of when I was kid growing up in NYC. I’d call up to my mother (on the 4th floor of an apartment building) “Throw me out the window a ball.”
Excellent one. Did you know I included several Sopranos’ malaphors in my first book, He Smokes Like a Fish (and other malaphors)”? Colorful language and characters is a breeding ground for malaphors.
I have the book (as any right-thinking person should), but I didn’t remember that. I’ll check it out.
An old Headmaster at my English secondary school (all boys), referring in an assembly to poor behaviour (I recall that it might have had something to do with hair length) uttered the immortal line “… and if this rule is not abided by, then the cookies will come home to roost, that I promise!”
Cue bemused, muffled laughter.
Merry New Year! I have a new malaphor sighting and a more recent sighting of one you already have. 1. Yesterday, I received a political email asking for money (as don’t we all?) from Lucas Kunce, who’s running for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. The email opens: “Hey Barry — I know you probably got a lot of emails today from my team and others ahead of tonight’s big FEC deadline. [No kidding.] So I’ll keep this quick. . . .” I believe that this is a mashup of “I’ll keep this short” and “I’ll make this quick.” Looking on the Internet, I found one other use of this malaphor, from 4 years ago: https://www.reddit.com/r/darksouls/comments/7ku0b5/ill_keep_this_quick_what_are_some_casual/.
2. You already have this one, but maybe you’d like it for your files anyway. I started watching a new series called “Hawkeye” on Disney+, and in the very first episode a character says: “I guess the beans are out of the bag.”
In a conference call with my boss who says, “I’d just like to throw something out of the box.”
It sound like a combination of “throw out an idea” and “think outside the box”
Good one! Will post soon. Thanks again. Dave
On CNN’s YouTube Channel in a segment entitled ‘Doctor Responds to Journalist’s Covid Restriction Comments’ the former FDA commissioner, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, states (at 5:20) that ending restrictions “…is easier to do when we’re all singing from the same page here.” I believe this is a mixing ‘singing the same tune’ and ‘on the same page’, different expressions with the same meaning and pretty mild as far as malaphors go.
Good one! Posted today.
Two of my friends talking. One correctly guesses the answer to some question they are contemplating. The other one says, “you hit the nail on the button.”
This is combination of “hit the nail on the head” and “on the button”, both meaning “precise”.
Recently a client in counseling was trying to describe to me his feelings of stress: “It’s like an 800 lb gorilla on my chest”.
Excellent, but not sure it’s a malaphor.
On tonight’s AppleTV MLB broadcast of the Padres / Braves game, the commentator described one of the players as “biting at the chomp”.
“Didn’t make the mustard”
Podcaster talking about contest submissions for a contest he was sponsoring that weren’t quite good enough. This is combination of “cut the mustard” and “make the cut”.
PS: “cut the mustard” is a mondegreen of “cut the muster”, but that’s a different discussion.
Excellent! Will post toot suite. And may I ask who Verbatim is? Someone I know?
North-easterner; crossword puzzle editor; web developer; chocolate lover; news junkie. If you know someone like that, then maybe we know each other.
“Give her some slack”
Same podcaster as previous submission: talking about going easy on his producer who made a few mistakes. This is combination of “give her a break” and “cut her some slack”.
Actually, “give (someone) some slack” is a legit phrase. Can be “cut” or “give” apparently. https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/give+someone+some+slack
Well huh! Who knew? I have only ever heard the second one.
I’ve got a twofer today, one similar to one you’ve already got. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve started watching “The Boys” on Amazon, but happy to say that there were two malaphors in Season 1, Episode 3. No idea whether they’re intentional. First and best, there’s a scene with PR guys pitching an idea with a litany of “Does she do this or that?” items, one of which is “Does she cry in her milk?” This is a mashup of cry in your beer (or soup) and cry over spilt milk. Later, in another scene, one of the main characters says “We’ll cross that bridge when we burn it,” an obvious mashup and not quite the same as “We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it” already on your site. This one sounds like a joke to me; the first one might be unintentional. Who knows?
I agree with you that the second one sounds intentional so I don’t think I will post (also it is just a slight variation of the one already posted). I also agree that the first one might be unintentional, although since it is scripted probably not. Regardless, I will post as it is an excelent mashup. Thank you!
At 6/14/22 at 7;57 AM heard on the local weather on Baltimore’s WMAR Channel 2: ” A rumble of lightning.” Would this be a mashup of rumble of thunder and a crack of lightning?
Good one! Will post soon. Regards, Dave
I’m not sure whether this qualifies:
At the end: ““We are embarking on dangerous, uncharted territory,” [American Atheists president Nick] Fish added.”
This is a good one, but I have posted it previously – https://malaphors.com/2020/12/03/this-is-uncharted-ground/ Please keep sending them in!
For your “rug” collection. In today’s New York Times, a woman being asked her opinion about whether we’re paying enough attention to the issue of race, said “I don’t think we’re paying too much attention. I think it’s always been pushed under the rug,” a mashup of “pushed aside” and “swept under the rug (or carpet).”
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/06/21/opinion/focus-group-biden-moderates.html. It turns out that one of the candidates for senator in Georgia has also said it: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/herschel_walker_266259. (The rest of the quote is pretty amusing too in my opinion.) And a “real housewife of New Jersey”: https://www.realitytea.com/2022/06/06/margaret-josephs-push-under-rug/. Maybe it will become a thing.
From today’s Washington Post: “nothing is off the limits,” a mashup of “nothing is off the table” and “nothing is off limits.” Here’s the whole quote: “When you speak out against Trump, a whole army of MAGA comes after you,” said Alyssa Farah, a former White House official and friend of Hutchinson who resigned after the November 2020 election and has been critical of Trump since. “They try to indict your character, professionalism — nothing is off the limits.”https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/06/30/how-trump-world-pressures-witnesses-deny-his-possible-wrongdoing/
Excellent. Will post soon. Happy Fourth! Dave
Podcaster alleging that a possible 2024 candidate has already ruined his chances of getting into the race by making certain statements:
“Nailed himself to his own petard.”
Seems to be a combination of:
Nailed to a cross – severely punished
Hoisted on his own petard – defeated by one’s own actions
Excellent one. Can you give me the name of the podcast and the candidate? I like to refer to the source in my posts. Thanks!
I’ll have to go back through my browser history and try to find it. I don’t remember.
I looked through my browser history and can’t find it. Sorry.
So my wife had some minor surgery. I was on the phone with the hospital pharmacist to get the good stuff. She asked me if I had any questions, what I meant to say was: “This is a row I’ve hoe’d before.” Or even: “This is a row I’ve plowed before.”
What I said was:
“This is a hoe I’ve plowed before.”
And then my wife and I laughed and laughed, while the person, that wanted to give us narcotics, was sitting on the other line, very quietly.
She still came, which was nice of her.
Not sure this is a malaphor. I know of the expression “a tough (or long) row to hoe” but not sure where the mix is here.
My boss is malaphor/gaff machine. Maybe you can put him on your payroll.
He needs to buy new piece of industrial equipment for the business.
He’s talking to the company he is interested in buying from. He wants to go to the company and get in in depth tour of the equipment (it’s pretty expensive).
So he says to the rep: “I’d like to come look under the tires….”
I almost burst out laughing. Not only did he create an amusing malaphor, but both idioms deal with cars:
“look under the hood”
“kick the tires”
Both deal with doing a more in depth analysis.
This is a beauty. Will post soon.
“Why buy the cow when you can get the sex for free?”
The last three words of this Facebook meme appear to me to be a mashup of “peace of mind” and piece and quiet–although that may not actually qualify as a malaphor, come to think.
Might just be a typo (of for and) but on its face I think it’s a legit malaphor. Thanks and I will post shortly and of course give you props. Thanks Kathryn!
Thank YOU–and for the graciousness of not pointing out /my/ typo!
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