What does THAT even mean?
Lemont (of the comic strip Candorville) has an unfortunate habit of accosting perfect strangers and correcting their grammar. Today he pays the price.
But the fact is, he didn't correct her grammar. He rudely and snidely objected to a well-established American idiom in fact, two idioms:
Frankly, he deserved to be beaten up. Anybody who goes around demanding that idioms make sense and pretending not to understand conventional phrases is just a jerk.
And anyway,"beat the spit out of"? What does that even mean, Lemont?