This one seems appropriate for this time of year when kids are leaving for college. That’s exactly what led to this nice malaphor uttered by a smart and talented young lady leaving for college. It is a conflation of “fly the coop” (to escape or to get away) and “leave the nest” (to leave your parents’ house and live independently). Both phrases involve leaving from somewhere, and coops are where chickens live and have nests, hence the confusion of coops and nests. A big thanks to Marianne Julian for hearing this one from her daughter and passing it on!
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