whip cream in the cherry, wide soul

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 15 14:34:41 UTC 2008

I suspect that these are one-off idiosyncrasies motivated by having to
speak off the cuff.


On Jan 13, 2008 6:56 PM, Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at babel.ling.upenn.edu> wrote:
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> From the NY Times, quoting Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri on her
> endorsement of Barack Obama:
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> http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/us/politics/13cnd-campaign.html
> "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
> problems."
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> "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
> idiosyncrasies?
> --Ben Zimmer
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