This excellent mashup was overheard from a flight attendant. It is a nice malaphor reflecting “just fell off the turnip truck” (ignorant or unsophisticated) and “the apple does not fall far from the tree” (someone is displaying traits or behaving in the same way as their relatives (usually parents)). It actually might be a whole new phrase, describing someone displaying ignorance that is inherited. Incidentally, the “turnip truck” idiom seems to be often garbled. I have posted two other malaphors messing with this phrase: “Does he think I just fell from the turnip tree?” https://malaphors.com/2014/07/29/does-he-think-i-just-fell-from-the-turnip-tree/ and “I wasn’t born off the turnip truck” https://malaphors.com/2013/12/07/i-wasnt-born-off-the-turnip-truck/. I guess when things start falling they can come from anywhere and land anywhere. A big thanks to Jody Compton for hearing this one and passing it on.
Did you like this one? There are many more just like this in my book, “He Smokes Like a Fish and other Malaphors”, available on Amazon. It makes a nice stocking stuffer!