heads, hands--who cares!

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Sep 1 15:53:20 UTC 2012

I didn't mean he was a pure-bred, just that I could imagine what was
in one part of his head.


At 9/1/2012 11:40 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>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.
>     VS-)
>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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