Date: Mon, 12 Dec 1994 18:17:01 LCL From: Lisa Gray Subject: Get Over It I'm a reporter for the Washington City Paper, and am working on a story about how a phrase can temporarily take on an added meaning. Specifically, I'm writing about Marion Barry's advice to white voters upset that he'd won the Democratic mayoral primary: "Get over it." Local politicians and the Washington media buzzed with the phrase for a few weeks, turning it to whatever subject was at hand. Nervous about voting for a Republican? Get over it. Do you believe Congress will allow the District both a commuter tax and an increased federal payment? Get over it. And so on. Eventually, though, the phrase seemed to lose its edge, and its appearances dropped off. I'm looking for an academic who could comment on such phrases' short half-lives. If you could--or if you know someone who could--please send me e-mail. --Lisa Gray lgray[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]