Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 21:07:20 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Is "quit, quit now" a catchphrase? Query: a Japanese correspondent of mine from the Joyce email list wondered if the phrase "quit, quit now" is a current US catchphrase. I only recognize it in a very general way, in that the formula "[imperative verb], [imperative verb] now" seems desperately emphatic. Does anyone recognize the phrase in question as a distinctive locution? My correspondent cites a quote first, where the comic strip Beetle Bailey is apparently being discussed, and then presents his question as well as a suggestion which I don't know about: >>IMHO Cathy and BB are pretty bleak. As for BB it is tired from >>years and years of the same old, same old. Last year I read that Beetle >>Bailey was going with a more politically correct theme. General >>HalfTrack was going to turn over a new leaf. Quit, quit now.... > >I rather suspect the writer in his last words, 'Quit, quit now', may be >jokingly alluding to a certain phrase popular in the States (current in >anti-smoking campaigns?) Any clue? Reply to me on- or off-list; thanks in advance. Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]