WE BARELY SCRATCHED THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG (Yahoo)
In closing, the recession is hard but that is not to say that survival is impossible, but you will have to be more creative with your money especially if you are a family at a budget. Of course, these tips only scratched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to financial planning and frugality. If you’ve already done these tips and are finding you need additional help, then never underestimate the power of a reasonable and well-thought-out budget. (from the article, Top 5 Ways for families to survive the Recession – http://voices.yahoo.com/top-5-ways-families-survive-recession-8644177.html?cat=25).
TURN DOWN THEIR NOSES (imeanwhat and timesunion blog)
“The Jersey Shore kids are gross. Not Gross Baboons necessarily, just gross. They are so wrong in so many ways. Have you been to Florence? It is by far one of the most beautiful cities in the world. They needed to have a pack of steroid-ed gumbas trouncing around the Ponte Vecchio like I am going to the moon. Reports from Italy have the locals cringing from horror that this somehow represents Italians in the United States. And then everyone wonders why Europeans turn down their noses at Americans. The worst part is now that the Jersey Snore kids have terrorized Florence, Italians will equate ding-dong Guidos and Guidettes with the state of New Jersey.”
Here’s another good one:
Falvo’s Meats – Don’t get me wrong, I know there are a number of quality butcher shops in the area, but this place with its friendly service, fair prices and excellent products keeps me coming back time after time. I rely upon their advertisement in the Sunday TU for inspiration when planning the week’s meals and my boys turn down their noses at bacon that does not come from the Slingerland’s institution.
IT TAKES A LOT TO TAKE THE AIR OUT OF MY SAILS (blog.rateyourburn.com)
This was uttered by a guy who was frustrated by a spin class:
Maybe I Signed Up for Karaoke Instead of Spin by Accident?
It takes a lot to take the air out of my sails, but an unimpressive spin class will do that to me right quick. I actually felt bad that I’d made a friend come with me to this class because it was a pretty uninspiring way to spend 45 minutes. I have a limited amount of time to dedicate to my fitness regime: I don’t have time to ef around like this…
This is a mash up of “take the wind out of my sails” (feel less confident) and “let the air out of my tires” (make someone depressed). I think he meant the latter. See also a previous malaphor – “he took the thunder out of my sails”.
DON’T ROCK THE APPLE CART (vrbo.com)
This congruent malaphor mixes the similar meaning phrases “upset the apple cart” and “rock the boat”. A good example of the use of this malaphor is in a description of an Upper West Side apartment for rent:
“Minimum Age Limit For Renters : If you are coming to NYC for a big party weekend, this is probably not your place. I have fabulous neighbors and there is a great, great staff and take great care to not rock the apple cart.”
IT’S A CRAP IN THE DARK (homerecording.com)
This is a mash up of “shot in the dark” (wild guess) and “a crap-shoot” (risky enterprise), resulting in a phrase obviously not intended. This beauty was found in HomeRecording.com:
“This is just a crap in the dark, but have you tried disabling the drivers you don’t need in sonar?”
HE IS TURNING AROUND A NEW LEAF (popularcritic.com)
Oprah Winfrey has dropped 25 pounds on her new diet!! After launching her OWN network and a subsequent battle against low ratings Oprah packed on some pounds. This year however the media mogul is turning around a new leaf and hired a new chef.”
WHEN IT BOILS DOWN TO IT (justkateplus8.com)
Martin, a professor at a famous university, saw this in a paper he was reviewing and shared it with me. It is a mash up of “when it comes right down to it” and “boils down to (something)”. It also is in a headline in that very popular website, justkateplus8.com:
HER STAR CAME INTO BLOOM (Yahoo)
From Yahoo entertainment, Nov 6, 2010, comes this blend of “star is rising” and “come into bloom”:
Ann Hathaway had her own share of public scandal, when her ex-boyfriend was outed as a con artist just as her star came into bloom. But that hasn’t stopped her from being one of the best investments Hollywood can bet on. She earns an average of $1 to every $64 the movie makes.
Thanks to Laura from terriblywrite.wordpress.com for sending this one in!
CHANGING OF THE TORCH (thebreakthrough.org)
Changing of the torch” noted in thebreakthrough.org. by Eicke Weber, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany:
“In the coming years, we will see a changing of the torch,” Weber said. “The biggest market, the most exciting market, should be the United States.”
I READ IT FRONT TO COVER
This terrific mixed idiom was heard on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. Musician Jimmy Vivino was discussing his development in learning to arrange music and mentioned a book on orchestration that a teacher had given him that he read in its entirety. This is a combination of “front to back” and “cover to cover”, both meaning to have read something in its entirety. There is also a British expression, knowing “(something) back to front”, which also means to know something completely or in its entirety. How many of you have literally read a book front to cover, and decided that was enough? Liner covers do serve a useful purpose. A big thank you to Mike Kovacs, who listens and reads front to cover for malaphors.