whip cream in the cherry, wide soul

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Jan 13 23:56:39 UTC 2008

>From the NY Times, quoting Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri on her
endorsement of Barack Obama:

"A lot of people talk about his ability to give a great speech. And
there's no question that he is truly gifted by God with an ability to
speak to people in a way that touches them," Ms. McCaskill said. "To
me, that is the whip cream in the cherry. To me, this is a man who has
incredible intellectual heft, he's a very smart guy with a wide soul
who is not afraid to figure out a new and different way to tackle

"Whip cream in the cherry" is an interesting image -- "cherry on the
whip(ped) cream" would probably make more sense for most people. And
"wide soul" was also a new one on me. Are these just McCaskill's

--Ben Zimmer

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