[Ads-l] How do people turn clich=?utf-8?Q?=C3=A9s_?=bottomside upward?!

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jul 10 19:01:20 UTC 2015


Maybe the idea is that the Koch Bros. (or other corporate moneybags) are hiding in the pockets of the Justices (or other [sic] politicians) like little dolls or puppets rather than that they (Kochs) have their hands in the politicians' pockets, which I assume is the source of the original metaphor.   So when the Justices/politicians appear to speaking (at a rally or in a decision favoring the businesses), it's really the little corporate pocket-dolls that are the ventriloquists.  Now I'm getting confused.

LH

> On Jul 10, 2015, at 2:41 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> I had the same thought, the idea being that the Koch brothers are
> lining the pockets of the Justices, or at least have their hands in
> said pockets.
> 
> Similar inversions (though they seem pretty rare online):
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.opensecrets.org_news_2011_06_opensecrets-2Dblogs-2Dpolitiquizz-2D6-2D13-2D2011_&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=Hu8dBhEdqaAyg3rA6MRGzRZ0VTu8BUT1orbfFuC4vwA&s=HcEfEnimOjyUcDe0nJStVjSDh9dvyZ-_dg0dZG62iz0&e= 
> "Which Industries Are in the Pockets of Both Rand and Ron Paul?"
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.nbcsandiego.com_news_local_California-2DCourt-2DRuling-2DMedical-2DMarijuana-2DLocal-2DBan-2D206293491.html-23comments&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=Hu8dBhEdqaAyg3rA6MRGzRZ0VTu8BUT1orbfFuC4vwA&s=8-X6Tt1eNCDLblPZkoAySKkcZ_UXpCBqer4p1VpW22k&e= 
> "YOU KNOW 'BIG CIGARETTE COMPANIES' ARE IN THE POCKETS OF MOST OF OUR
> POLITICIANS."
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__hamptonroads.com_2015_04_chesapeake-2Dcouncil-2Dvotes-2Ddown-2Dplan-2Dcut-2Dproffers&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=Hu8dBhEdqaAyg3rA6MRGzRZ0VTu8BUT1orbfFuC4vwA&s=CDZt0VaUJMcmZXjNvPj6eIcG1upxih9CH8tbCi2A5PA&e= 
> "I concur with many of you that developers are in the pockets of city
> council members."
> 
> 
> On Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 1:46 PM, Joel Berson wrote:
>> 
>> Possibly the utterer is thinking of the Kochs brothers' money in the Justice's
>> pockets. More literal, and less metaphorically mysterious, than the Justices
>> being in the Koch brothers' pockets?
>> 
>>      From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU=20
>> Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 1:20 PM
>> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] How do people turn clich=C3=A9s bottomside upward?!
>> 
>> Nice.=C2=A0 Yup, another reversal.=C2=A0 Make room, "substitute",
>> "let alone", "much less", and friends...=C2=A0 (The Justices in question would
>> need deeper pockets than we know about if they're going to fit the Kochs in
>> there.)
>> 
>> 
>>> On Jul 10, 2015, at 12:30 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Facebookery:
>>> 
>>> "The Koch brothers are in some of the Justices' pockets!"
> 
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