Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mano a something or other … awkwardly

Virtually every reader of this blog knows the mano a mano eggcorn (see here for details, using the mano-on-mano variant, with mention of mano y mano). Spanish "hand-to-hand" becomes "man-to-man" combat.

Tonight, Jon Stewart interviewed John "I am sooo history" McCain and produced an uncomfortable twist: Stewart offered to go mano-a-mano against McCain, surely in the eggcorny meaning. The latter, namely, suffered serious, lasting damage to his right arm in Vietnam when he was tortured as a prisoner of war. (He does have some use of it; for example, he did shake hands with Stewart tonight.) McCain clearly took the joke as intended by Stewart, putting his right arm out for an arm-wrestling match. Ouch.

Update, Wed. night Minor correction: Stewart actually plays off of the mano y mano variant.

Graphic by the famous Déro from here.

3 comments:

Joe said...

Yeah, maybe a low point in eggcorn history, but his Bush vs. Bush stuff was brilliant.

Anonymous said...

Well, just like he took Bolton apart, he dismantled McCain on the war. Once again, this comic who does 'fake news' for a living does a better job than virtually any of our major political figures on the pressing issues of our day.

nwede henry said...

interesting match