[Ads-l] clink = chink

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 24 20:12:38 UTC 2015


ISTR "a clink in his armor" from many, many years ago, but can't say when.

'70s? '80s?

JL

On Sat, Oct 24, 2015 at 3:41 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

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> > On Oct 24, 2015, at 3:23 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> =
> wrote:
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> > CNN:
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> > "Is this a clink in Donald Trump's armor?"
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> > JL
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> Maybe the new, sensitized version of the metaphor guaranteed not to =
> offend?  You'll remember what happened when a reporter suggested that =
> Jeremy Lin was "a chink in the armor" of the Knicks during the latter =
> days of Linsanity; I don't know of any groups that can be slurred by =
> referring to them as "Clinks"--unless perhaps it's those who have spent =
> time in prison. =20
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> There are actually three dozen hits for "clink in the armor", suggesting =
> that it is a reasonably natural eggcorn for those who don't know from =
> (literal) chinks while recognizing that armor does, in fact, =
> clink--maybe when it hasn't been properly oiled and is therefore =
> vulnerable? =20
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