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

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Wed Aug 21 12:58:50 EDT 2019


> 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.

arnold

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