In fact, I charmed my first husband with linguistics on the night we met (at a Mensa meeting. Doesn’t get much geekier.):
“What’s the difference between a blackbird and a black bird? All blackbirds are black birds, but not all black birds are blackbirds. (pause) It’s all in the emphasis.”
This thing we’re chalking up to college and word geekiness? My deep-seated desire to coin the kinds of phrases that will live forever on your car bumper or chest.
I think of my deathless prose at odd times (don’t we all?), inspired by someone else’s poorly written slogan or my witty family or a funny turn of phrase in a meeting (I try not to guffaw out loud at these junctures—usually succeed). And there’s always the random association free-for-all in the morning shower.
There is now an outlet for such fun and games! Thanks to someone on Twitter—can’t remember who—I found threadless.com and its typetees.com, where I can submit slogans.
The slogans are visible for a week, and people vote up or down. If any of mine win, I get $400 cash and a $100 gift certificate for shirts, thus ensuring that my children will receive a plethora of T-shirts.
On the other hand, I may get no votes at all, making my prose just a little short of deathless.
Hence this list, so at least the faithful who read this can get a chuckle or two.
You can go vote too, if you like—not just on mine, but on all the rest—if you click on the phrase and create a log-in. Your choices are “I’d wear this” and “Uh, stupid” (which gives me an idea for another post, on how we might affect election outcomes by just . . . reframing the options a tad).
- "Plethora" has lots of letters.
- Abbreviation is a really long word.
- There's nothing quite like verisimilitude.
- This shirt is ironic. Get it?
- I totally rocked Pong. (for my fellow Baby Boomers at the tail end of the boom)
- If you were telepathic, you'd know I'm thinking about you.
- The average person spends 17 months of life reading T-shirts. (Someone submitted one along these lines but with—gasp (shudder)—typos.)
- My other shirt is a button-down. (Someone had already submitted “My other shirt is a tux”—my first effort on this theme.)
If you submit a slogan of your own, tell me in the comments so I can go vote!