You were out like a log

While I posted this one way back in 2012, it bears repeating as I think it is one of the purest congruent conflations out there, and a common one as well.  The speaker was talking about her lack of sleep the previous night but that her husband slept soundly, describing him as being out like a log.  This is a congruent conflation of “slept like a log” and “out like a light”, both referring to sound sleep.  There are a lot of the letter L in both expressions, contributing to the mix up.  A big thanks to Donna Calvert for sending this one in.  Glad to hear Bill is sleeping well in retirement.


She will sleep like a light bulb tonight

A child was clearly overtired and, nearing bed time, had a bit of a meltdown.  This malaphor contributor predicted that she would “sleep like a light bulb tonight”.  This is a great congruent conflation of  “out like a light”  and “sleep like a baby”, both describing a deep and restful sleep.   Apparently there is a light bulb that advertises as a “sleep light bulb” (pictured below).   Thanks to Mary for saying this one and sending it in!

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He dropped like a light

I heard this one on an NFL broadcast years ago, describing a player who was knocked out by a ferocious hit.  The malaphor is a mash up of “dropped like a rock” and “out like a light”,  both meaning to get knocked out immediately (although the latter also means to go to sleep quickly).