The new President says he wants to turn over a new page

Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes said this one, referring to Biden’s plans. This is a nice congruent conflation of “turn over a new leaf” and “turn the page”, both meaning to make a fresh start or start anew. This one makes a lot of sense as the “leaf” in the expression “turn over a new leaf” refers to a page in a book. A big thanks to Frank King for hearing this one and sending it in.


He is turning around a new leaf

My daughter said this one yesterday and immediately texted me (I have malaphor hunters everywhere).  This is a conflation of  “turning around” and “turn over a new leaf”, both meaning to change.  Here is a great example using the malaphor:

Oprah Winfrey has dropped 25 pounds on her new diet!! After launching her OWN network and a subsequent battle against low ratings Oprah packed on some pounds. This year however the media mogul is turning around a new leaf and hired a new chef.”

http://www.popularcritic.com/2012/06/20/oprah-winfreys-weight-loss-plan-revealed/