Literal-Minded

Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

More Idiom Blending

Posted by Neal on November 28, 2006

If you liked It’s not rocket surgery!, That’s the way the cookie bounces, under the eight ball and page-burners, then head on over to Noncompositional and check out this post from Russell Lee-Goldman, and this paper by Liz Coppock that he links to.

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2 Responses to “More Idiom Blending”

  1. Ingeborg S. Nordén said

    An apparent idiom blend I overheard today: One of the physical therapists at my nursing home told her patient, “We need to get you into ship-shop shape.” To me, that sounds like a cross between “tip-top shape” and “ship-shape” (with some assimilation thrown in for good measure). Then again, my analysis may be the overactive imagination of a language geek! :-)

  2. Neal said

    Your analysis sounds about right to me. Thanks for the addition!

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