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    Default Re: Modification of idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The Sun newspaper has a very well-known example- search for 'Stick it up your Junta' and you'll find the most famous/notorious example in recent decades in British English.
    PS Maybe this needs some explanation. Readers of the Sun referred to the miltary government of Argentina (the junta) as the /'ʤʌntǝ/. There is a rather dated expression of contempt - 'stick it up your jumper'.

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    One last thought. Sometimes a book title is a modified idiom - for example, the expression 'to leave no stone unturned' [=search very carefully] gave both a book-title ('No turn unstoned' - a collection of adverse reviews of theatrical 'turns') and a jokey newspaper headline about massage parlours: 'No stern untoned'.

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