heads, hands--who cares!

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Sep 1 13:48:56 UTC 2012

Perhaps he meant "do nothing" rather than "be blind to the problem".

At 9/1/2012 01:30 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>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.
>     VS-)
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