Two friends were talking about someone who was betrayed. It is a nice mashup of “swept under the rug” (to deny or conceal from public view knowledge of something that is embarrassing or damaging to one’s reputation) and “thrown under the bus” (to exploit someone’s trust for someone’s own purpose). “Under” is the common culprit here, in addition to the three letter words “bus” and “rug”. This seems to be the latest in the bus malaphor series. In addition to this one, I have posted such similar malaphors as “she threw me under the wolves (https://malaphors.com/2017/11/20/she-threw-me-under-the-wolves/), “Trump is not going to throw Paul Ryan over the bus” (https://malaphors.com/2017/04/05/trump-is-not-going-to-throw-paul-ryan-over-the-bus/), and “he really sold him under the bus” (https://malaphors.com/2013/05/16/he-really-sold-him-under-the-bus/), the latter a classic uttered Cristin Milioti. Not sure what’s so hard about uttering “thrown under the bus” but the phrase seems to conjure up a lot of other idioms in the brain’s recesses….A big thank you to Verbatim for hearing this and passing it on.
The subject is aliens from outer space. Here is the quote:
“…Take the founder of Bigelow Aerospace for example, who is one of many who has shared his knowledge about the fact that we are not alone, and that we are being visited.
For so long, this subject has been swept under the radar by so many people, and all of a sudden we’ve had this burst of information that’s made it clear to most that something is going on here…”
This is the source:
This is a nice mashup of “swept under the rug” (to ignore or deny something in the media that is embarrassing) and “under the radar” (not being noticed or addressed). Both idioms contain the word “under” and both describe something hidden. A big thanks to the comedian Frank King for sending this one, and another thank you to his sister for spotting this malaphor!