Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Silly Snowclone Spotted

On a recent drive home from northern Michigan, I spotted this great example of a snowclone (Don't worry, I didn't take the picture while driving - my son gets photographic credit for this one).

Silly Boys Trucks Are For Girls

A snowclone is a phrase that is produced by using a clichéd phrase as a linguistic template. The template for the above snowclone is: Silly X, Y are for Z. And in case the original clichéd phrase is escaping you, here it is:

The word snowclone was coined by a Language Log reader as a label for these phrases based on the mistaken belief that Eskimos have an unusually large number of words for snow.

“If Eskimos have N words for snow, X surely have Y words for Z.”

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

Silly wabbit...twix are for kids!

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