This mix up can be heard by Gordon Ramsay on his Masterclass trailer. It is a congruent conflation of “worked my arse off” and “busted my ass”, both meaning to work very hard at something. The former idiom is heard primarily in the UK, while the latter is heard mostly in the US. This malaphor, then, is perhaps an “across the pond” blend? Maybe Ramsay spent too much time in Hollywood. The posterior seems to be popular in malaphors. To see more, type “ass” in the search engine on the website. You’ll see such classics as “he was drunk out of his ass” and “you need to get your ass together”. https://malaphors.com/2015/08/27/you-need-to-get-your-ass-together/ https://malaphors.com/2018/06/28/he-was-drunk-out-of-his-ass/
A big thanks to Ben Glass who heard this one and sent it in. You can hear the malaphor by clicking this link: https://www.masterclass.com/classes/gordon-ramsay-teaches-cooking
This nice word blend malaphor was heard on the t.v. show Hell’s Kitchen. Chef Ramsey was about to make his decision on the winner. As suspense was building, one of the contestants said “This wait is mind racking”. This is a mash up of “mind-blowing” (overwhelming or astounding) and “nerve-racking” (very distressing or exhausting). My guess is that the speaker was also thinking of “racking my brain” (to try very hard to think of something), something few do today thanks to Google. Kudos to John and Heather Hatfield for hearing this one and sending it into Malaphor Central!
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