malaphor

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of malapropism +‎ metaphor; attributed to Lawrence Harrison.

Noun[edit]

malaphor (plural malaphors)

  1. (rare neologism) An idiom blend: an error in which two similar figures of speech are merged, producing a nonsensical result.

Usage notes[edit]

Examples include "We'll burn that bridge when we come to it" (from "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it" and "burn one's bridges"), "stir the apple cart" (from "upset the apple cart" and "stir the pot") and "Make like a bread truck and split" (from "Make like a bread truck and haul buns" and "Make like a banana and split") and "Too many cooks spoil the child (from "Too many cooks spoil the broth" and "Spare the rod, spoil the child").

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