End of ADS-L Digest - 11 Dec 1994 to 12 Dec 1994 ************************************************ There are 11 messages totalling 318 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Get Over It (2) 2. Da Bears (4) 3. best word of 1994 4. Speaking of San Diego 5. Roundabouts and Squares 6. boot and bonnet 7. Re[2]: Get Over It ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 13 Dec 1994 09:58:56 -0500 From: Allan Denchfield Subject: Re: Get Over It On Mon, 12 Dec 1994, Lisa Gray wrote: > 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. I'll leave the analysis to others, but I also recall the appropriation (from a commercial) by political figures (Mondale?) of the phrase' "where's the beef?" Doesn't every catchy jingle have this potentiality of being re-worked into a new context? -Obi