Salt Lake City is not through the weeds yet

This is the headline in a recent Salt Lake City Tribune newspaper article, discussing the city’s need to continue practicing social distancing and mask wearing because of the Covid-19 virus.  Here is the headline:

I think it is a mashup of “out of the woods” (out of danger) and “in the weeds” (consumed with details).  “Weeds” and woods” sound similar, contributing to the mixup.  Or perhaps Utah is thinking of legislating marijuana?  A big thanks to Kathy Shand for spotting this beauty.  @sltrib @slcmayor

We don’t want to go down those weeds

At a technology presentation, the speaker referenced a certain topic but did not want to get sidetracked from the main area of subject matter, so he uttered this nice malaphor.  It’s a mash up of “in the weeds” (preoccupied with the details) and “going down that road” (to decide to do something in a particular way).  Weeds are often found on the sides of roads so the speaker may have been conjuring up an image of a littered highway.  A big thanks to Mike Kovacs, Malaphor Hunter Extraordinaire, for hearing this one and sending it in.