Monday, October 10, 2011

Not Quite A Malaprop


Overheard on a well known radio show about finances:

We just keep robbing Peter and Paul to pay Mary.

(And, just in case English is not your first language: the actual figure of speech is "Robbing Peter to pay Paul" and this is what it means.)

I'm guessing the poor lady who mangled this one spent the 1970's listening to Peter, Paul, and Mary while ingesting illegal substances, but I suppose I am inclined to be uncharitable. Maybe her finances are just that bad.

Either way, Philip and I had a good laugh about it.

1 comment:

Karin said...

That was funny!! Just thinking though that maybe nowadays one has to 'steal' from two to 'pay' the one!

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