By “switch up” I mean that I don’t always do it the same way.
“Wayword” is a play on words, since it sounds just like “wayward.” Of course it has foundation in Wayword, Inc. and is echoed in the website wayword.org
Dr. Richard Lederer, a former cohost with Martha liked the term “verbivore” for language lovers.
The fact is that idioms are way too fragile to survive such a leap as you suggest. When one modifies an idiom, that brave soul performs delicate surgery. I suspect almost nobody would take a verbivore as a person who “eats his words.” In the expression “to eat one’s words,” the possessive (or reflexive) pronoun is de rigueur for this idiom. Even if I were to say, “Boy, he eats words” it may be preplexing, but it would be a stretch to assume humiliation. Further still to say, “She devours words.”
A verbivore would, likewise, instead be a play on words that indicates someone who derives sustenance and pleasure from language and words, perhaps devouring more than a few books along the way.
Does anyone have any clever turnings of, modifications of, plays upon an idiom that they would care to share?
Points excellently said- the connection perhaps too tenuous, more so for the requirement of the possessive form, and then there is the association of Â vore to enjoyment rather than to whatever else. Â
Still, leap is what the mind does, whether simply so prone as all minds are, or driven by the weird needs for jocularity and sarcasm (as also are all minds)– Â ‘Those vores, Â don’t they know what they’re setting themselves up for Â ….(evil laugh)….’
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