That Mistress of Malaphors, Naomi David, has struck again. Her mom asked her what a “shout out” was, and MM replied, “you’re yanking my leg” as she could not believe her mom wasn’t aware of the expression. This gem is a mash up of “yanking my chain” (giving someone a hard time) and “pulling my leg” (play a joke on or tease). Both expressions have similar meanings and have similar action verbs – yanking and pulling. Perhaps leg chains were also involved in this mental hair ball. The last time I heard this expression was in a chiropractor’s office. A big shout out to Naomi David for uttering this one and to Katie Hatfield for sending it in!
This wonderful congruent malaphor is a mash up of “pulling my leg” (tricking or fooling someone) and “yanking my chain” (bothering someone). Or then again, it could be a physical therapy patient protesting…. Thanks to Anna Washabaugh for contributing this one!