The weather can change on a dime

This was heard on a local CBS t.v. news promo.  It is a congruent conflation of “turn on a dime” and “change on a moment’s notice”, both meaning to act quickly.  This malaphor might have been caused by the word “change” as it relates to money, although I don’t get a whole lot of dimes anymore in change.  Dimes seem to show up a lot in malaphors, possibly due to their use in various expressions – “turn on a dime, “stop on a dime”, “dropped the dime”, “get off the dime”, “nickel and dimed”, etc.  Some previous posts include “I fall asleep at the drop of a dime” ( and “you had to figure out what to do on a dime’s notice” (  The latter was heard and submitted by the Master Spotter of Malaphors Steve Grieme, who also heard and sent me the one posted today!  Steve certainly is not a dime a dozen when it comes to malaphors.  He’s the top of the notch!

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I wouldn’t nickel-pick over that

Oh boy, this is a good one.  Kudos again to Vicky Ameel-Kovacs for hearing this beauty on the tv show, “The Talk”.   Marie Osmond uttered this mash up of “nit-pick”  (overly concerned with inconsequential details) and “nickel and dimed” (to charge small amounts to someone – a form of monetary nit pick).  Perhaps pickle was also on her brain and nickle rhymes with that, or that nit and nickle have similar sounds.   The fact that Vicky is watching “The Talk” concerns me a little, but I wouldn’t nickel-pick over that.