Posted: March 23, 2018
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!