IJUST RUSHED OVER HERE FROM FACEBOOK to write this quick piece to solidify any claim I might have to coining a new idiom: “Beyond the hinge.” I had posted a link to an article about Rudy Giuliani’s ongoing battle with truth, hypocrisy, and the American Way when Michael Grego, my old school chum (Wyoming Valley West Class of ’69), chimed in. Here’s our back-and-forth pattering:
MG: I’ve been predicting the first debate was going to completely unhinge Trump.
NU: Well, you got it right, but who thought he’d unhinge Giuliani and Hannity at the same time?
NU: WAIT! What the hell am I saying? Giuliani and Hannity have been beyond the hinge for decades!
NU: WAIT! “Beyond the hinge.” Did I just coin a new idiom? Now I gotta go write a piece with that title for my blo . . .
A thing or two about hinges
As a noun, a hinge is “a jointed or flexible device on which a door, lid, or other swinging part turns.” As a verb, it means “to attach a door, gate, or cover by hinges.” Other than that, it has little to do with my new phrase. (Merriam-Webster)
To come unhinged
The reasonably common idiom to come unhinged means “to become mentally unbalanced, disturbed, or confused,” or similarly, “to be angered to such a degree as to be or seem mentally unbalanced or insane.” (FreeDictionary)
On the fringe
The idiom on the fringe means to be “at the extremes of something, typically political thought.” (FreeDictionary)
Beyond the hinge
My new phrase beyond the hinge refers to a person who has already established himself as being on the fringe of an extreme philosophy, belief, argument, etc., who takes a Kierkegaardian leap-of-faith into the uncharted waters of thought beyond those extremes—usually, but not necessarily, with predictably disastrous (and stupid) results.
At least, that’s the definition I have given it until I think it through or accept argument sot refinements to it.
FEATURED IMAGE: The door with the spectacular, antique-looking metal hinge at the top of this page was crafted by Art Craft Custom Doors and Furnishing.