heads, hands--who cares!

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 1 15:40:19 UTC 2012

That would still make for an odd hybrid of "burying their heads in the
sand" and "sitting on their hands", which others used in exactly the
same context.


On 9/1/2012 9:48 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> 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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