verb. TO SMASHTICATE Nay, if you be no better in the Reare then in the Van I shall make no doubt to vanquish, and vanquash you, too, before we part. … Continue Reading ⇒

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”:

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noun. Coolness; adj. Cool and crisp By Cold, and by a kinde of Frescour (as we now-a-days speak). Bacon’s Life & D. (1627) OED says noun, but there are some … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. Air travel by hot-air-balloon. A sort of meditation on future airgonation, supposing that it will not only be perfected, but will depose navigation. Letters, Horace Walpole (1784) One who … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. Body. He had an handsome man-case, and better it had been empty with weakness, than (as it was) ill-fitted with viciousness.The church-history of Britain, Thomas Fuller (1655) Hey there … Continue Reading ⇒


adj. Blameless [the Church] shold be holi and without blemish, or rather Amomous..that is irreprehensible, safeguarded from the bitings of Momus, one of the feined Gods among the Gentils. Theologica … Continue Reading ⇒

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After some thinking, tinkering, and thinkering, I’ve added a blog feature to the site. I’ll still be posting words as often as I can (sorry about the lack up updates … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. An egotist. His Works hereafter will be more favourably receiv’ the Meists and Selfists. Common Sense (1737) A meist (or me-ist) is someone who subscribes to some form of … Continue Reading ⇒


adv. By the way; in passing. That such a Doctrine..should be left thus faintly, thus obscurely, and, if I may so say, obitaneously, declared. Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit, Samuel … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. ‘Light-heeled’ pranks. If your wiues play legerdeheele, though you bee a hundred miles off, yet you shall be sure instantly to find it in your forheads. All Fools, George … Continue Reading ⇒