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Thursday, 07 October 2010


Mannie Sherberg
Yael -- a few years ago, I read of a writer (whose name I've forgottern) who decided to cut down on his use of cliches. One day, when he was just about to write "the tip of the iceberg," he realized that it was a cliche -- and decided to come up with an original phrase instead. After two days of intense thought, he finally came up with "the snout of the crocodile" -- which I've always thought was a darned good substitute (although I've never used it) for "the tip of the iceberg." Now I've decided the time has come to replace "the game's not over till the fat lady sings" with something fresher -- and I think you've provided the perfect substitute. It does the same job as the "fat lady" line, and it's a heck of a lot funnier. Many thanks!
Tom Glennon
Back in the 1950's some friends and I, while in High School in Chicago, decided to change some cliche's into phrases that sounded more erudite. We did it to improve our vocabulary, so we wouldn't be identified as working class kids in a white collar world. I recall several, such as "scintillation is not necessarily identification of an auric substance". Another was "a plethora of culinary specialists can have a desultory effect on the quality of consumes, purees and other soluble pabula". Now I just collect regional catch phrases that I have not heard before. I think I will add the snout of a crocodile to the list.
Kae Gregory
I will say with the utmost sincerity; how absolutely enlightening - and entertaining. (To you all)

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