All of that goes out of the water

Hallie Jackson, NBC correspondent, said this one on MSNBC, referring to political messaging in the time of a pandemic. It is a conflation of “goes out the window” (disregarded or forgotten) and I believe “blown out of the water” (destroy something or someone completely). “Blows” and “goes” rhyme, and both phrases refer to getting rid of something. A big thanks to Bruce Ryan for hearing this one and sending it in!


We’ll be laughed out of the water

At a meeting last week, Beehive Crick, a malaphor follower, overheard this gem uttered by a client who was worried.  It is a mash up of “laugh out of court” (dismiss something presented in earnest as ridiculous) and “blow (something) out of the water” (to destroy something, such as a plan).   Interestingly, this seems to be a common malaphor based on the number of entries on the internet using this mixed idiom.  Thank you Beehive!