Posted: April 3, 2020 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Ari Melber, dig your heels in, drag your feet, expressions, humor, language, malaphor, MSNBC, words
This was heard on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber in a discussion of the coronavirus and the White House response. This is a mashup of “dig in (one’s) heels” (resist stubbornly) and “drag (one’s) feet” (deliberately slow or reluctant to act). “Dig” and “drag” sound similar and feet have heels so that contributed to the mixup. A shout out to Frank King for hearing this one.
Posted: June 2, 2018 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Ari Melber, cut to the chase, expressions, humor, jump at the chance, malaphor, malaphors, MSNBC, Randy Credico, Trump, words
Randy Credico uttered this one on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber the other night. Credico was talking about encouraging Adam Schiff to take the opportunity to meet with Julian Assange, saying “he should jump to the chase…” This is a mashup of “cut to the chase” (abandon the preliminaries and focus on what is important) and “jump at the chance” (seize the opportunity). Similar looking and sounding words “Chance” and “chase” probably were the culprits in this jumble. A big thanks to “Hawkear” Frank King for sharing this one.
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Posted: March 23, 2018 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Ari Melber, even handed, expressions, humor, language, level headed, malaphor, malaphors, Richard Blumenthal, Trump, words
On the MSNBC show The Beat with Ari Melber, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D – CT) decried the loss of H.R. McMaster by saying that there are now “fewer even-headed, mature individuals in this administration”. This is a mashup of “even-handed” (impartial or equitable) and “level (or calm)-headed” (calm and practical). This is almost a perfect malaphor. The words “even” and “level” both relate to equity, and “hand” and “head” are body parts and similar sounding words. Was this perhaps a Freudian slip, with the speaker thinking that the current Trump administration has some “odd heads” in it? A shout out to “my ol’ pal” Beatrice Zablocki for hearing this one and sending it in!