From a science reporter yesterday, a query about where the expression there there came from. My answer came in two parts, one having to do with the comforting or reassuring there, there, the other with Gertrude Stein and Oakland (because my correspondent specifically mentioned them).
Archive for the ‘Clichés’ Category
Mainly about Facebook and face time, but there’s other stuff in there too.
Three things: case-marking with than; the dangers of correcting people’s grammar (this is why The Ridger linked to the cartoon — for Utahraptor’s criticism and T-Rex’s response); and the mixed clichés (“out of the box” and “push the envelope”).
From Karen Erickson on Facebook, Ride the Wild Wiener:
There’s no text in the speech balloon, so you can feel free to invent some (as people on Facebook are doing).
Today’s Zippy, with a wave of mangled clichés:
I got “Fat chance”, “There’s strength in numbers”, “One good turn deserves another”, and “I’m on pins and needles”, plus “the wisdom of crowds” in the title, but I was momentarily stumped on lick Pawtucket (“kick the bucket”). The line between clichés and idioms is none too clear here.
(And note: “Scuffle, muffle, duffel, trick!”)
Dan Piraro has chosen to have all four clichés attributed to both parties in the event. Maybe we’re supposed to see the exchange as alternating between the man and the woman, or maybe we can mix and match.
[Bonus observation: the synthetic compound speed-dating (however punctuated) has of course given rise to a two-part back-formed verb speed-date. Lots of hits for to speed-date and speed-dated, both intransitive and transitive.]