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

Stanton McCandlish smccandlish at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 10 11:56:29 EDT 2019


You hit that nail right on the nose.

Prof. David Farber of UPenn was known for this sort of thing (dubbed
"Farberisms"). Yogi Berra's Berraisms are of course a precedent, as to
commingled idioms being habitual.

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On Mon, Sep 9, 2019, 1:58 PM Andy Bach <afbach at gmail.com> wrote:

> > 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:
> >
> > > 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:
> >
> > https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/09/09/position-paper
> >
> > LH
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