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Who Put the X in AXB: Snowclone Follies of 1912

Inspired by Mark Liberman's post, "Putting the X in AXB," I spent some time trying to find the origin for this venerable snowclone. A quick check of newspaper databases had turned up "putting the fun in fundamentals" from November 1912, and it turns out that the fall of 1912 was when the snowclone snowballed. It's [...]
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The science news cycle: today's example

Academics / Linguistics : Language Log (5 years ago)

You might think the cartoon about the science news cycle that Mark Liberman recently reproduced here is exaggerating the silliness of newspaper reports of scientific findings. It isn't. Take a look at today's example, from the psych... Read Post

The Rosa Parks of Blogs

Academics / Linguistics : Language Log (6 years ago)

Snowclones, those endlessly flexible phrasal templates, have already spawned their own database, launched by Erin O'Connor in March 2007. Now Mark Peters, who has helped bring snowclones to the masses in articles for Psychology Toda... Read Post

THE GUY WHO PUT THE PEP IN PEPPER.

Academics / Linguistics : Language Hat (3 years ago)

Ben Zimmer has done an exemplary bit of research and reported on it at the Log:Inspired by Mark Liberman's post, "Putting the X in AXB," I spent some time trying to find the origin for this venerable snowclone. A quick check of news... Read Post


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