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For one reason or another, these conflations were considered unfit to include in the official collection. In many cases, one of the roots was not actually an expression, but a word. In other cases, the conflation was far too awkward or obvious to use in actual conversation. Nevertheless, we both have conflations in this section that, for sentimental reasons, we found difficult to discard altogether.



*last modified on June 19th, 2007*



“Carpe horns.”

root expressions:

“Carpe diem.”
“Take the bull by the horns.”





“You say 6 potatoes, I say half a dozen po-tah-toes.”

root expressions:

“You say potato, I say po-tah-to.”
“6 of one, half a dozen of the other.”





“Ass over heels.”

root expressions:

“Ass over tea-kettle.”
“Head over heels.”





“No pun entendre.”

root expressions:

“No pun intended.”
“Double entendre.”





“It’s no skin off my teeth.”

root expressions:

“It’s no skin off my back.”
“By the skin of my teeth.”





“On a world-wind tour.”

root expressions:

“On a world tour.”
“On a whirlwind tour.”





“Chomping at the beaver.”

root expressions:

“Chomping at the bit.”
“Eager beaver.”





“Going like hot-busters.”

root expressions:

“Going like hotcakes.”
“Going like gangbusters.”





“Carpe matata.”

root expressions:

“Carpe diem.”
“Hakuna matata.”





“That’s right up my tea.”

root expressions:

“That’s right up my alley.”
“That’s my cup of tea.”





“The whole nine and kaboodle.”

root expressions:

“The whole kit and kaboodle.”
“The whole nine yards.”





“To forgive is human, to forget, divine.”

root expressions:

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.”
“Forgive and forget.”





“The truth is in the pudding.”

root expressions:

“The truth.”
“The proof is in the pudding.”





“The wheels are in process.”

root expressions:

“The wheels are in motion.”
“In process.”





“Shirk the buck.”

root expressions:

“Shirk your responsibilities.”
“Pass the buck.”





“Take it with a grain of suspicion.”

root expressions:

“Take it with a grain of salt.”
“Be suspicious.”





“That puts a hamper on things.”

root expressions:

“That puts a damper on things.”
“To hamper.”





“Achilles weakness.”

root expressions:

“Achilles heel.”
“My only weakness.”





“It’s my curse to bear.”

root expressions:

“I’m cursed.”
“It’s my cross to bear.”