Posted: September 3, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: expressions, humor, language, malaphor, malaphors, Olympics, over the moon, Rio, top of the world, Usain Bolt, words
This one comes straight from the recent Olympics, courtesy of CBS news. After Usain Bolt won yet another gold medal, a spectator was interviewed and exclaimed “I’m on top of the moon.” This is a congruent conflation of “on top of the world” and “over the moon”, both meaning to be extremely excited and happy. All he needed to add was “Ma.” My guess is that if Neil Armstrong knew about malaphors, he would have said this beauty instead of that “one small step” crap. A big thanks to Sam Edelmann, whose keen hawk ears heard this one and passed it on.
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Posted: November 23, 2013 Filed under: moon, PLACES, roof | Tags: blended idioms, cnn, Erin Burnett, expressions, humor, language, malaphors, mixed idioms, over the moon, Tesla Motors, through the roof, words
In the conclusion to a report today regarding the Tesla Motor Car Corp. CNN news host Erin Burnett described the company’s stock price for the year as being “…through the moon…” This wonderful malaphor is a mash up of the phrases “through the roof” (prices very high) and “over the moon” (extremely pleased). Jackie Gleason’s famous line, “to the moon, Alice!” might also have been on Ms. Burnett’s mind. Many thanks to David Spain for sending this one in and attaching the video with concluding malaphor below: