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Chris -- 2018-04-11
From a recent Facebook conversation (D is me; S is my friend):
S: Me, I discovered today that I’m going to hell with a ham biscuit.
D: Did someone actually say that to you, Suellen, and if so, were they punning or did they really think that’s how the phrase goes?
S: Yes, and they thought that was the legit saying. Oy.
A web search on “hell with a ham biscuit” was fruitless (meatless?), but a search on “hell in a ham biscuit” yielded some puns and some apparent eggcorns. Here are the latter:
#malaprop Our daughter used to say that “things are going to hell in a ham biscuit” when she was little.
Amazing it only had one minor chart hit—but a good indication that pop music (as generally reflected on the charts) had more or less gone to hell in a ham biscuit.
Are things still (as a UNC undergraduate once wrote) going to hell in a ham biscuit?
I think this one is on its way to infecting enough people to qualify as an eggcorn. It’s possible that it’s one of those that started with people hearing a pun and thinking it was the real standard usage, as may have happened with, e.g., “oldtimer’s disease”. I forget what kem calls this kind of thing in his book.