The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 February 2008

This scheme's just six words long

The Freakonomics blog is looking for a six-word motto for the United States, which prompted a longer-than-that observation from Lileks:

It was no doubt tendered in good faith, but reading the suggestions is like licking a corroded battery. The latter-day sub-Menckens will always get off the sharpest lines, of course; you can't draw a laugh with something Grandma might knit on a pillow, and drawing a laugh — or a mirthless snort of appreciation, which counts as a laugh nowadays — is the prime objective.

We are all sub-Menckens, I submit: some are just sub-er than others.

That said, I'd like to argue for the adoption of this, expanded to incorporate the standard Oedipus-via-Samuel L. Jackson adjectival twist — but that's only five words, dammit.

Posted at 9:04 AM to Almost Yogurt


We could compensate by splitting "offa" into its component dictionary words. That would make six.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:53 AM on 7 February 2008

...or, since such grammatical correctitude wouldn't really work with the rest of the construction, why not append the word used in the joke about not ending a sentence with a preposition?

Posted by: McGehee at 10:55 AM on 7 February 2008

Hey! Everyone get offa my lawn!

or

All ya'll get offa my lawn!

Posted by: Lynn at 1:04 PM on 7 February 2008