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Mixed Metaphors
Mixed Metaphors

Malaphor: an informal term for a blend of two or more aphorisms, idioms, or clichés

Malaphors, also known as mixed metaphors, can become almost as common in pop culture as the original sayings they co-opt. Like "It's not rocket surgery."

Or they can happen on the spur of the moment, when someone can't quite remember how a saying is supposed to go.

Here is a collection of amusing malaphors, with the original idioms they're based on.

Don't rain on my thunder.
Don't rain on my thunder.

Don't rain on my parade.

Don't steal my thunder.

A bird in the hand is worth one stone.
A bird in the hand is worth one stone.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Killing two birds with one stone.

You've made your bed, now eat it.
You've made your bed, now eat it.

You've made our bed, now lie in it.

You've made your dinner, now eat it.

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