Our Twitter-in Chief, Donald Trump, gave us this beauty in a recent twitter. “It is finally sinking through. 46% OF PEOPLE BELIEVE MAJOR NATIONAL NEWS ORGS FABRICATE STORIES ABOUT ME. FAKE NEWS, even worse! Lost cred.”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/922072236592435200?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_daily202 It is a congruent conflation of “sinking in” and “getting through”, both meaning to make someone understand something. The prepositions “in” and “through” are probably the culprits here. However, Jack MaCack has a different theory he shared on Twitter as a response: “I think by using the phrase “sinking through” he was channeling the current state of his diaper.”
In any event, Trump seems to be a malaphor goldmine, based on the frequency of past posts. Let’s hope he keeps ’em coming! As soon as this tweet was released over the weekend, I heard immediately from two Malaphor Hunter regulars – Justin Taylor and Barry Eigen. Kudos to both of them for spotting this subtle mashup.