Thursday, June 15, 2017

Flips of the Tongue, 2017

It's been a while since I posted one of these. I keep a list in my phone for times when I hear or read something that qualifies as flip of the tongue, whether an eggcorn, malapropism, or plain old mixed metaphor. Seems like most of these come from Facebook.

I am sure I hear the plaintiff cry of an animal... (Written by a high school friend on Facebook.)

Feathering their own beds. (A Facebook friend, discussing millionaires in Congress.)

It's mind-bottling how inept the drivers are in Mount Vernon, Ohio. (From Twitter.)

You have your ear to the pulse. (Said by one of Daughter Number Three-Point-One's friends.)

She was skiddish. (From Twitter.)

That does not bold well. (From a comment thread on MPR's Newscut blog.)

College costs are out of the roof. (Comment from a high school student on NPR.)

Convenient store. (From a Facebook comment.)

Bubba tea. (Instead of bubble tea, possibly the result of autocorrect.)

Trump looks like a duffos. (From a Facebook comment; what a doofus mistake.)

A behind the seems look at... (From a friend's Facebook post, but then it turned out he had written it on purpose.)

They are bunkering down for the winter. (Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC, talking about the Lakota encampment at the Dakota Access pipeline.)

Drill down to the brass tacks. (Not sure where I saw or heard this.)

We are decedents of a man who settled in western Wisconsin... (From a friend's Facebook post.)

Most religions have tenants. (Not sure where I saw this, but it was in writing. It may be a new favorite error.)

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