[Ads-l] "over a barrel of monkeys"

Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 9 16:58:24 EDT 2019


> a.k.a. “fractured idioms” (e.g. “We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it”, “It’s not rocket surgery”)

You've buttered your bread, now you have to lie in it.

On Sun, Sep 8, 2019 at 9:58 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
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> > On Aug 21, 2019, at 12:58 PM, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU> wrote:
> >
> >> On Aug 21, 2019, at 9:27 AM, Margaret Winters <mewinters at WAYNE.EDU> wrote:
> >>
> >> malapropism?  or is that too wide a term?
> >>
> >> ...
> >
> >> From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Marc Sacks <msacksg at GMAIL.COM>
> >> Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:26 PM
> >> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> >> Subject: "over a barrel of monkeys"
> >>
> >> My daughter called me to ask if there's a technical term for the sort of
> >> phrase where one cliche ends at the beginning of another. I suppose it's a
> >> sort of malaphor, but I wondered if there's a more precise name for it.
> >
> > "idiom blend" -- fair amount of lterature on them, including some postings of mine.
> >
>
> a.k.a. “fractured idioms” (e.g. “We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it”, “It’s not rocket surgery”).  For fans of the practice, there’s this from a recent New Yorker:
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> https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/09/09/position-paper
>
> LH
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