We haven’t emptied all our cards

This was uttered by Michael Avenatti on the Lawrence O’Donnell MSNBC show when he was asked whether there will be any further disclosures regarding Michael Cohen.  It is a mashup of “show (one’s) cards” (to make one’s plans or intentions known) and “empty (something) out” (to remove or pour all of the contents from something).  Revealing and then emptying seems to be what he has done to date, so the malaphor makes sense.  This is not the first malaphor uttered by Michael Avenatti.  Check out some of his other great mashups, like “he folded like a cheap deck of cards”.  A big thanks to Beatrice Zablocki for hearing this one.  She’s a major contributor to this site. She’s the top of the notch!

(Trump) shoots off the cuff

This perfectly formed congruent conflation was uttered by Michael Avenatti on MSNBC (Lawrence O’Donnell).  He was referring to Trump’s call to Fox and Friends.  It is a mashup of “shoots from the hip” and “speaks off the cuff”, both meaning to speak spontaneously and frankly.  “Shoots (one’s) mouth off” (to brag or tell secrets) may also have been in the mix, given the speaker and the subject matter.  Interestingly, this is very similar to another malaphor posted previously,  “(Trump) shoots from the cuff”, spoken by Megyn Kelly.   https://malaphors.com/2015/09/05/trump-shoots-from-the-cuff/

This is one of many political malaphors.  You can find many in my book “He Smokes Like a Fish and other Malaphors”, available on Amazon.  Just click here:   https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692652205

A big thanks to Frank King who spotted another one.  He is quickly becoming the Frank King of Malaphors.