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.


  1. McGehee »

    7 February 2008 · 10:53 am

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

  2. McGehee »

    7 February 2008 · 10:55 am

    …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?

  3. Lynn »

    7 February 2008 · 1:04 pm

    Hey! Everyone get offa my lawn!


    All ya’ll get offa my lawn!

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