It blew me off of my feet

This very well-formed malaphor was uttered on the HGTV show, Good Bones. “I really didn’t know what to expect.  It blew me off of my feet.”  It is a congruent conflation (the best kind of malaphors, in my opinion) of “knocked me off my feet” and “it blew me away”, both meaning to cause someone great pleasure or surprise.  Certainly a strong wind might blow one off one’s feet, but they stand a better chance of staying put if they have “good bones”.  A tip of the hat to David Stephens for hearing this one and sending it in!


The floor to ceiling windows really knock you off your socks

This gem was heard on HGTV’s Island Life (Hilton Head episode).  It is a congruent conflation of “knock (someone’s) socks off” (bedazzle or amaze someone) and “knock (someone) off their feet”, both meaning to amaze, bedazzle, or blow someone away.  Certainly the confusion was caused by feet and socks, and the common denominators “off” and “knock”.  A “knock out” also comes to mind, again referring to impressing someone.  Kudos to Robyn Bottoni for hearing this one and sending it in!

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We really nailed it out of the park

This wonderful malaphor was heard by the Chief Judge of Malaphors (CJM),  Yvonne.  It was said on the penultimate episode of HGTV’s Beach Flip when contestant Martha blurts out “we really nailed it out of the park.”  This is a congruent conflation of two sports metaphors – “nailed it”  and “hit it out of the park”, both meaning to do something successfully or an outstanding achievement.  The malaphor is similar to another one heard on HGTV – “they blew it out of the park.”  https://malaphors.com/?s=park  Interestingly, that one was also heard by Yvonne, CJM.  Keep watching those reality shows, Yvonne!