This post is Day Four of the 5 Day 5 Photo Challenge in which I feature malapropisms.
It was 2am one wintry February night and I was playing with a photo app. Little did I know when I stuffed my ‘fun house-ish’ doors in my virtual photo folder, they’d come in handy for Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors.
Thumbing through Robert Alden Rubin’s going to hell in a hen basket malapropism dictionary for an appropriate D phrase, I came upon ‘doggy-dog’.
Here’s what Rubin has to say:
v: doggy-dog world. Usually a pun, but in a world where canines find their ways into many idioms, the confusion with a ‘dog-eat-dog world’ isn’t surprising. Interestingly, according to the OED, the Latin original for that saying (from 42 B.C.E.) was that ‘dog does not eat dog’. So maybe it is a ‘doggy-dog world’ after all.
“We urge people to use REALTORS because of our Code of Ethics … but many fail to realize that real estate today is a doggy dog world and they forget a couple of things.”
activerain.trulia.com 28 May 2014