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August 15, 2007

Have X, will Y

Trucker_hat Snowclones are a type of formula-based cliché which uses an old idiom in a new context. These are roughly ordered by known year of original usage. X and Y indicate where new words are inserted in order to create variations on the original phrase. Example: “X called. They want their Y back.” Wikipedia’s List of snowclones

The Eskimos' Hundred Words for Snow. Language Log about The The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax 

Ruin Sorbees in Asia. (From Key’s Corner. Also, this old joke / Re-post: Italian tourist who went to Malta)

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