#3 in the “Fire and Fury” malaphor series. This one comes courtesy of the President of the U.S. Donald Trump, in one of his twitters responding to the book, “Fire and Fury”. He says:
“Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/949498795074736129
“Dumped like a dog” is a conflation of “dropped like a hot potato” (to abandon someone or something suddenly), “dumped” (to reject), and “like a whipped dog” (ashamed because you have been defeated). The latter seems particularly appropriate given the context. Of course, dogs do take “dumps” which may have been in the speaker’s mind. A big thanks to David Barnes for sniffing this one out.
This is the second in the “Fire and Fury” malaphor series. Steve Bannon, quoted in Michael Wolff’s book, was talking about how Mueller’s investigation is about money laundering:
“You realize where this is going,” he is quoted as saying. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”
This is a mashup of “it’s as plain as the nose on your face” (very obvious or noticeable) and “not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin” (never; no way). I suppose a hair on one’s face is also noticeable, depending on the location. A big thanks to Tom Justice and Ron MacDonald for both spotting this malaphor and sending it in!
Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, called Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter and top White House adviser, “dumb as a brick” in journalist Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reviewed a manuscript of the book on Wednesday. https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/01/03/steve-bannon-says-ivanka-trump-is-dumb-as-a-brick/23323301/
This is a nice congruent conflation of “thick as a brick” and “dumb as a rock (or post)”, both meaning someone incredibly stupid. Perhaps the person doing the name calling should reflect on his own intelligence, considering his bungling of idioms.
The phrase reminds me of the title of Jethro Tull’s fifth album, “Thick as a Brick”, released in 1972. It is considered today as one of the classics of progressive rock. Perhaps Bannon was listening to this album when he uttered his remark.
A big shout out to Mike Kovacs for spotting this timely beauty.