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bottom of the pack

Joy Reid on MSNBC was discussing the Democratic debate and the attacks from those candidates with the least to lose, referring to them as “those polling at the bottom of the pack”.  This is a mashup of “back of the pack”  (last ones) and “bottom of the barrel” (least desirable).  I suppose this malaphor fits if you are referring to playing cards, or when you have been binge swiping on Tinder and have run out of people – see Urban Dictionary https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bottom%20of%20the%20pack

A shout out to Frank King, a malaphor spotting regular.  Good ear, Frank!

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Trump has been under a lot of heat

This timely malaphor was uttered by Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.  She was talking about Trump’s remarks about police not being so careful when loading suspects into the Paddy Wagon.  It is a congruent conflation of “under a lot of stress” and “feeling the heat”, both meaning feeling pressure.  A big thanks to the comedian Frank King for hearing this one!