How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Snowclone

A snowclone, if you’re not familiar with the term, is “a type of cliché and phrasal template originally defined as ‘a multi-use, customizable, instantly recognizable, time-worn, quoted or misquoted phrase or sentence that can be used in an entirely open array of different variants.'” (from Wikipedia). For example, X is the new Y, as in “Black is the new pink” or “Sixty is the new forty.” For enough snowclones to build an army of snowclonemen, check out The Snowclones Database.

I became immediately interested in snowclones after learning about them. There are a lot out there… I’m sure one could fill several books with examples.

Today I want to share with you one of my favorites. Any guesses on what it is? I’ll give you a clue: the title of this post! I hope you’ve seen Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, it’s a wonderful movie but I’m not here to review the film.

I’ve been combing the net for for examples of this Snowclone just for the heck of it. Now that I’ve got this blog, I’ll show my findings. Below are examples of “How I Learned to Stop Worring and Love the X”:

There are many many many more out there, but I think you get the idea. The snowclone has other forms as well: “How I Learned to stop X and Love the Y”:

I also found one example of “How X Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Y”:

There are some creative ones in there, aren’t there? If they sound weird, it usually makes more sense if you read the rest of the blog or article. I didn’t follow most of the links, though. I don’t really care to find out what “How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the Cramps” is referring to.

Feel free to send me more examples of this snowclone if you happen to spy some.

I’ve been collecting other snowclones, too; you’ll read about them sometime in the near future. Do you have a favorite snowclone?