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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Rewriting Classic Sayings 

Part of an ongoing conceptual series examining classic phrases, and how they have to change in today's society.

In today's electronic world, much of what we say to other people is actually typed, not spoken. We email, instant message, blog, etc. However, some sayings that we might want to use when communicating with these new mediums just don't have the same effect. For instance:

"You say potato, I say potato."

No matter how you pronounce it, they're both spelled the same way. So the person reading this would likely pronounce potato the same way both times in their head. Maybe we need to have an officially designated way to spell potato that everyone understands as being the "other" way of saying it. For instance, we could spell it with an 'e' at the end... like potatoe. Hmmm... on second thought, that might be considered too political. Maybe we should just call the whole thing off.

Comments:

I think I told you about my favorite bumpersticker I've seen here, haven't I?

"You say tomato, I say F#ck You."

  Posted at January 24, 2006 1:27 PM by Blogger Be  
Maybe we should just call the whole thing off.

Huge bonus points for the Gershwin reference.

  Posted at January 24, 2006 3:00 PM by Blogger Ben Brothers  
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