Monday, June 18, 2007

Also TBA (To Be Avoided)

"Summertime, and the x is y...," where x is a gerund and y is "easy" or something rhyming with "easy." This construction has been seen most recently at the Telegraph.

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Blogger Idalia said...

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1:56 PM  
Blogger Idalia said...

I don't have Times Select so I can't tell if this is as good as I remember, but it sure was funny back in aught-one

1:58 PM  
Blogger Idalia said...

yes... still funny

"2001: A Gore Odyssey", Economist, May 22, 1999
"2001: A Trash Odyssey", American City and Country, May 1999
"2001. A Direct Marketing Odyssey", Direct Marketing, July 1, 1999
"2001: A Freight Odyssey", Fleet Owner, November 1999
"2001: An Insurance Odyssey", Insurance Networking, April 1999
"2001: A Video-on-Demand Odyssey", Multichannel News, Jan. 1
"Not Quite 2001: A Crawl-Space Odyssey", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jan. 5, 1999

2:00 PM  
Blogger Mollie said...

I wrote a short parody-news piece for the Yale Record that I thought was really funny -- don't know if we ever ran it; I may have filed it in the "funny only to Mollie" drawer -- something like "Gershwin, Heyward estates call for moratorium on use of 1st line of 'Summertime' in newspaper ledes." Though I must have had a pithier headline than that. The gist was that they hoped to see community calendars and stories about the opening of municipal pools begin with other, lesser-known lyrics from "Porgy & Bess," like "Bess, you is my woman now" or "A red-headed woman make a choo-choo jump its track."

6:44 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Idalia, Mollie, these are hilarious — call it 2007: A Joke Odyssey!

(That's really weird — I also have a drawer called "Funny only to Mollie.")

7:04 PM  
Blogger Sarah Weinman said...

Keeping the Gershwin theme, how about Memes Walked in?

Memes are Here to Stay

They All Memed

It Ain't Necessarily Meme

7:11 PM  

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