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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 8 14:58:42 UTC 2019

> 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
>> 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:



The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list