Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 12:22:20 -0400
From: Larry Horn
Subject: Re: "...they met cute..."

At 11:14 AM -0400 6/5/98, Jesse T Sheidlower wrote:
>> "They met cute" is a new phrase for me, but somehow vaguely familiar,
>> in a "we were met on a great battlefield" kind of way.
>> Does anybody know anything about this, or have other examples? Or is
>> this an editing error?
>It is not an editing error, it's an established idiom of which
>we have buckets of examples.
>I personally find it annoying.
I'm morally and aesthetically neutral on it, and I don't know the
constituency of Jesse's collection, but I'm pretty sure the vast majority
of citations I've come across are used (like Grant's) in a cinematic and/or
pop-cultural context. To say that e.g. Theseus (it WAS Theseus and not
Perseus in the labyrinth, wasn't it?) and Ariadne met cute, would be a bit
of a stretch. I'm also pretty sure the X and Y in "X and Y met cute" have
to be (at least temporarily) a couple. It does sound like a Hollywood
flack's expression, whence perhaps Jesse's distaste.