First, the malapropism upon which much of my parents’ fame rests:
“He died because of a blood cloth.”
Sometimes, I will look right at them and say, “There is no such thing as a ‘blood cloth.’ You mean a ‘blood clot.’”
Always, they look right back at me with immediate and utter incredulity.
Here are some examples offered by Schott’s readers:
HE'S VERY EGOTESTICLE
• Someone I know is a genius at this. She spoke of a woman who had her hair up in a buffoon; saw my new shoes and said, "My, aren't you the fashion plague"; and recently spoke of a man who is very egotesticle.
• my favorite poem is "allergy in a church graveyard".
• My aunt always said, "I can't have anymore children because I've had my utopian tubes tied.”
• My father, noting the first hint of fall in the air, sighed and said: "Soon it will be time to fart stars in the fireplace.” [This seems to be something of a Spoonerism.]
• A busy woman: "Sometimes I get so stressed out I have to go to my room and decompose for an hour."
YOU DRIVE MY NUTS!
• A co-worker's little son announced that "you drive my nuts!" My daughter once wrote that our cat Butter Boy jumped on Frenzy when she was "least expectant." My grandfather deliberately invented examples like astosbestos for asbestos and nutneg for nutmeg. Another relative admired the singing of Ethel Murmur and the talents of Shirley Dimple. This becomes a way of life. It's dangerous to be exposed to it when young! [God, this sounds like my upbringing. Pretty whackitudinal!]
• i cannot decide which music i like better, R&B or flip flop
• "lead us snots into temptation...."
• My grandmother was famous for her malaprops; when asked if she would like to take a flight in her friend's new airplane, she gasped "Absolutely not, I like it right here on Terra Cotta";
• At a restaurant: Clams on the half shelf and a cup of chino.
• ". . . government takeover and mandation of healthcare . . ." --Sarah Palin
• Here are selected favorites from my wife:
1. This is the tip of the ice cube.
2. Security in schools has been tighter since 7-11.
3. The right foot doesn't know what the left foot is doing.
4. The swine flu has reached the pandemonium stage.
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TURTLE
• At work, our team had been working on a project that had been progressing at snail’s pace with no end remotely in sight. One day, we had a breakthrough, and one of my colleagues excitedly announced at our weekly meeting, “There’s light at the end of the turtle.”
• Our church secretary always refers to the annual report to the denomination as the Sadistical Report.
• A friend with a medical condition consulted a doctor at "Cedars Cyanide"
• "I am impressed by the enormity of the universe."
• I've been tracking these at work:
Someone who is frustrated: "I've been pulling my head out over this one!"
Working through a problem: "I'm just talking out loud here."
Suggesting something: "I don't mean to speak out of tongue, but..."
Rehashing: "I feel like I'm beating this with a dead horse."
Feeling a little disoriented: "At this point, we're running by the fly of our pants."
Is in a bad mood: "He's got a craw up his butt."
• "This is a bare-bones specification, let's flush out the details later".
• After a staff party at which pasta was served, we were reminded that several large bowels of pasta were left over in the refrigerator. None of us went near the fridge as a result.
A translation gone wrong, somehow.
HAD HIS KITCHEN FLOOR POLYURINATED
• A few years back my father, who is now nearing one hundred, proudly announced that he had recently had his kitchen floor polyurinated.
• The late Bruce King, governor of New Mexico for many years, was famous for having said of a legislative proposal that it would "open a whole box of Pandoras."
• One of my son's college roommates, an ROTC cadet, dropped out of the program just as the Iraq war was starting. "This is not a good time," he opined, "to be thinking about joining the Army corpse."
• "Be sure and put some of those neutrons on it." –While ordering a salad.
COULDA KNOCKED ME OVER WITH A FENDER
• "You could have knocked me over with a fender."
• "We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this country hostile or hold our allies hostile." –George W. Bush
• Explaining lethal injection: "First, they give 'em a needle to seduce 'em; then they give the legal injection"
• Friend referring to his relationship with his wife, "...like two ships that go bump in the night."
• "Those kids were able to Flea-Bargain their way to a lesser punishment."
P.S.: My ex and I, having had more than our share of exposure to my nutty family, have always enjoyed, and have been inspired by, endless malapropoidal Bauerific incorrectitude. To this day, when I speak with her, she'll note the "flaw in the ointment" or how the night is as "dark as a bat."
And then we'll just laugh like hell.