This little ditty was overhead at a service desk. It is a nice congruent conflation of “get your ducks in a row” and “get on the same page”, both meaning to get organized. Phrases using ducks to get things organized seem to confuse folks a lot. For example, I previously posted “she needs to get her ducks in order” (thanks to Matt Lauer for that one!) and “we need to get our ducks together” . https://malaphors.com/2014/05/16/we-need-to-get-our-ducks-together/ https://malaphors.com/2013/12/23/she-needs-to-get-her-ducks-in-order/ I’m not trying to be a wise quacker here. Just pointing it out. A big thanks to Carolyn Atkins for hearing this one and passing it on!
Describing a positive experience in a job interview, the speaker felt that he and the interviewer were “on the same page length”. This is a nice congruent conflation of “on the same page” and “on the same wavelength”, both meaning to be in agreement or thinking similarly. Both idioms have the words “on the same” and share similar sounding words – “wave” and “page”. I can see where this would be a commonly used malaphor. A shout out to Amy Silver Desmond for hearing this one and passing it on!