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Parents should stick to their ground involving kids’ names

I guess that means names like Sandy and Muddy?  This was spotted on Quora, an internet platform to ask questions and get answers.  It is a great congruent conflation of “stick to your guns” and “hold/stand your ground”, both meaning to refuse to yield or compromise.  “Ground” and “guns” both start with a G and have a similar sound, hence the mental mix up.  A big thanks to Margaret Grover who spotted this one and sent it in!

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Stick with your guts and get it done

This one is hot off the press, having been uttered in last night’s GOP debate by Governor John Kasich.  It is a mash up of “stick to your guns” (remain firm in your convictions) and “go with your gut” (trust your feelings when making a decision).  The similar sounding words “guts” and “guns” probably contributed to the confusion.  Also food sometimes “sticks to your ribs” and so stick and guts might seem to go together.  A big thanks to Steve Grieme for hearing this one and passing it on in real Malaphor time.