I recently ran into a neologism. 😯 A little Bondo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bondo_(putty) and some spray paint, and all was well.
I’m talking about
malaphor – Is also called an idiom blend. Most of us have heard one or two. Many of us have created one. It happens when the mind is so busy putting together a sentence that we mash together two idioms, to produce an amusing-sounding result.
Recently, a lady blogger said, “I’m slipping on my words.” This is a mixture of, slip of the tongue and tripping over one’s words. The cube-drone who invented, “trial by error,” was having trouble justifying his project’s expenses, and combined his two trials, trial and error, and trial by fire.
The guy who was angry at a tRump apologist showed restraint, but invented, “biting my teeth” by melding biting my tongue, and baring my teeth (in anger). Biting your teeth is as hard as biting the back of your neck, or biting your elbow – although, a recent online poll asked if I could lick my elbow – which makes me suspect that some Ubangis can do it.
An advertising executive said that he had to “pull the bullet”, because he was forced to bite the bullet and pull some strings, to get assistance from senior management. ….Speaking of pulling some strings – a television comedian told an interviewer that he had “pulled out all the strings” on his recent special, mixing the pulling strings (to get the best production,) and pulling out all the stops on an old organ, to get the grandest performance from it.
I’m usually only confused with one thing at a time. Have you created or heard some other malaphors?? 😕