There is a local sports radio station here in Pittsburgh called “93.7 The Fan”. One of the commentators is Josh Miller, a former punter for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Josh was talking about how football players have trouble finding the excitement of the game after they retire or quit, and that it’s hard for them to “quench that itch”. This is a mashup of “quench that thirst” (to stop being thirsty) and “scratch an itch” (satisfy a need or desire). It’s possible that the speaker was thinking of “quashing” (repressing) something instead of quenching, but maybe dousing the itch with water does stop or repress it. By the way, Josh also uttered one of my favorite malaphors of all time, “he’s open game”, a mix of “open season” and “fair game”. https://malaphors.com/2017/08/05/hes-open-game-2/ Josh is unfortunately leaving 93.7 The Fan but we wish him the best and hope for more malaphors. Kudos to John Kooser for hearing this one and punting it in.
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This perfectly formed malaphor was uttered by Josh Miller on the radio show The Fan on 93.7 in Pittsburgh (Miller was a former punter for the Pittsburgh Steelers and is now a sports commentator). Miller was discussing the crazy antics of a fan at a baseball game and the nasty comments directed at him. “Open game” is a mashup of “open season” (a period of time when everyone is criticizing someone or something) and “fair game” (something or someone who is considered permissible to attack). The speaker may have had deer season on his mind, thinking of open season on game? A big shout out to John Kooser who heard this one and sent it in!