heads, hands--who cares!

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 1 05:30:13 UTC 2012

Picked this up from a Steve Benen post on TRMS:

"When people in the future look back at Romney's contempt for the idea
of "slowing the rise of the oceans," and his party's willingness to bury
their hands in the sand, history will not be kind."

Searching for "bury their hands in the sand" and variations gives a
noticeable number of hits, but not nearly as many to one would expect
from a fully-formed eggcorn. Most hits appear to be leading to the
lyrics from the same song, but there are still a couple of dozen that
look eggcornish. With Benen, I thought he might have been making a pun,
of sorts (oceans, hands in the sand?) but heads in the sand would have
had the same effect.


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