This was heard on NPR’s Marketplace on 9/24. Vivian Ho, Director of the Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, was talking about why retailers like Walmart are getting into the health care business. “…this is a way for them to get a piece of that slice….” This is an interesting one, as both phrases contain a word that the malaphor omits – “pie”. It is a congruent conflation of “getting a piece of the pie” and “getting a slice of the pie (or cake)”, both meaning to obtain a share of some benefit. Or maybe the speaker meant to get a really small share of something? Probably not, if it involves Walmart. You can hear the malaphor at 15:45:
A big thanks to David Barnes, who heard this one and shared a slice of the fun. @Marketplace @VivianHo
Nela Richardson, Ph.D, chief economist for Redfin, speaking on the podcast Marketplace, was referring to a point made by her colleague on the correlation on the lack of wage growth and persistent complaints by some employers that they’re unable to fill open positions. This is a nice congruent conflation of “hit the mark” and “hit the nail on the head”, both meaning to be accurate or correct. As the submitter points out, “hit the head” is a also a naval expression for going to the bathroom. Having grown up on Naval bases, I used and still use that expression often. Not sure Dr. Robinson had the same experience, but if so, it could be the reason for her mashup. A tip of the hat to Mike Kovacs for hearing this one!