"basket house"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Jun 6 19:41:35 UTC 2012

"When Mitt Romney arrived, Massachusetts was an economic basket
house," Mr. Fehrnstrom said on ABC’s "This Week" program on Sunday.

Perhaps "basket house" is a blend of "basket case" and, um, "mad house"?

(Note also that the article uses the odd Briticism "overshoes" in the headline.)


Ben Zimmer

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