creative modifications of idiomatic expressions

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Mar 21 20:46:26 UTC 2003

At 12:26 PM -0800 3/21/03, Mark Worden wrote:
>A woman's not always a woman but a good cigar is a horse of another feather.
>--Walt Kelley (Pogo) [ It may have been -- A woman is always a woman // but
>it's fractured from a Kipling line nd a proverb]
>Many Goldwynisms seem to fit, straight from the lions mouth.
>"This makes me sore, it gets my dandruff up."
>Similar to Yogi Berra's (mostly institutionalised) malapropisms in his book:
>When You Come to a Fork in the Road Take It! by Yogi Berra with Dave Kaplan
>(Hyperion) viz:
>"Ninety percent of the game is half mental"
>  "You can observe a lot by watching"
>  "Its déjà vu all over again"
>  "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore"
>  "It ain't over 'til it's over."
I always liked "That restaurant is so crowded nobody goes there anymore"

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