Today’s idiom blend

An exchange reported on Facebook this morning, by one of the participants, EF:

JK: It’s a matter of which came first, the horse or the egg.
EF: [stares at him] Do you realize what you just said?
JK: [long silence] This is going to end up in a Facebook post, isn’t it?
EF: Yes. Yes it is.

Meanwhile, don’t put the cart before the chicken.

In pictures:

(#1) Horse and egg

(#2) Chicken and cart

As with transposition / exchange / Spoonerism errors, idiom blens (aka malaphors) are sometimes committed intentionally, for jocular or rhetorical effect, as in this 1/24/14 tweet (by Will Hayllar):

Which came first, the horse or the egg? Meat industry could learn much from the way the egg industry responded to its past crises

One Response to “Today’s idiom blend”

  1. Idiomatic Expressions Says:

    Reblogged this on iloveidioms and commented:
    Nice, Love to read this.

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