That’s skating very close to the windPosted: March 17, 2020 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Dr. Zeke Emanuel, humor, language, malaphor, sailing close to the wind, skating on thin ice, words Leave a comment
Dr. Zeke Emanuel on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports was talking about some of the problems associated with the response to the corona virus, and uttered this gem. It is a congruent conflation of “skating on thin ice” and “sailing close to the wind”, both meaning to do something risky or dangerous. Skating and sailing are the culprits here. A big thanks to David Stephens for hearing this one and sending it in.
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I’m walking on ice with youPosted: August 4, 2014 Filed under: eggs, FOOD | Tags: expressions, humor, language, malaphor, malaphors, mixed idioms, skating on thin ice, walking on eggshells, walking on thin ice, words 2 Comments
Sounds like a song title, but it actually is a malaphor. The speaker meant to say eggshells instead of ice, and wound up mixing the phrases “walking on eggshells” (try very hard not to upset someone) and “walking (or skating) on thin ice”” (risky situation). The mix up is probably due to ice and eggshells both being easily breakable. Also, if you don’t walk on eggshells with a person who is upset you might be skating on thin ice! A big thank you to Paula Fow for sending this one in.