Posted: July 26, 2018 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: according to Hoyle, expressions, Hoyle, humor, malaphor, up to snuff, words
A reviewer was describing a new form and this malaphor was born. It is a congruent conflation of “according to Hoyle” and “up to snuff”, both expressions meaning something that is to acceptable standards or rules. The phrase “according to Hoyle” refers to 17th-Century British writer Edmond Hoyle, who wrote extensively on the rules of card games. A big thanks to Mary Webster for sharing this one.
Posted: October 4, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: everything's up to date in Kansas City, expressions, humor, language, malaphor, malaphors, musicals, Oklahoma, up to snuff, words
Okay, you’re all saying – this is not a malaphor! I contend it is, and since I am the Malaphor King, I choose to post it. The mix comes from the title of a song in the broadway musical “Oklahoma!” – “Everything’s up to date in Kansas City” – and the phrase “up to snuff” (as good as required). This was uttered by a guy in the theater business (makes sense). Thanks to Sam Edelmann for passing this one along!