[Ads-l] Speaking of blends...

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 1 20:02:05 EDT 2017

I think this one was more innocent than “lunatics running the asylum” (> “inmates running the asylum”?) > “inmates running the prison”.  Frank Thomas, retired Hall of Fame baseball player and one of the commentators on Fox’s postgame show following Game 6 of the World Series last night, explaining how Dodgers’ star reliever wasn’t bothered by his previous bad performances in the Series when he came into the game and retired all six batters he faced, staying away from the big innings he experienced earlier:

“He put those in his behind”

(“He put those behind him” + “He put those in the past”)

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