'Matter of Laugh or Death,' a humor column
By Bill Dunn
Interesting observations on this thing we call life
(appearing each week in the Republican-American newspaper, Waterbury, CT)
INVENTING FAMOUS QUOTE EASIER SAID THAN DUNN
The other day I was convinced that I had invented a great new quotation. I was listening to a friend reminisce about the good old days, the days when, as he put it, “Bruce Willis still had hair.”
The first thought that popped into my head was, Sheesh, that’s pretty weak. There’s got to be more poignant and meaningful things to reminisce about than Bruce Willis’ dormant scalp follicles.
And that’s when the great new quotation just popped into my head: “They don’t make nostalgia like they used to.”
I paused for a second to let it sink in. Ooh, that’s a good one, I thought. That’s definitely a keeper. Might even get my name in one of those books of famous quotations.
Now, let me just say, I swear, I had never heard that expression before in my life. I was certain I had just created a brand new original clever quotation. But to make sure, I went on the Internet and did a Google search. I was stunned to find hundreds of matches. It seems my brand new original clever quotation has been around for quite a while. Rats!
OK, well that one is already taken, I thought, but how hard can it be to come up with a genuine original clever quote? So I had a new mission in life: to come up with a unique quotation and get my name in one of those books.
Some of the quotes I came up with were like the nostalgia quote, someone else had already thought of it first. I soon realized creating a new quote is a lot easier said than done. (And “a lot easier said than done” is not original either!)
Every time I thought of something good, it turned out not to be original. For example, when I thought of “2B or not 2B, that is the question,” I learned that Shakespeare already said it, apparently when he was trying to remember his hotel room number.
When I came up with “I shall return,” it also was not original, having been used by Barbra Streisand after each of her 26 final farewell concert tours.
Other ideas turned out to be misstatements of famous quotations, such as my favorite quote back when I was in college, “Four score and seven beers ago,” and the desperate command I yell to my lawn each Spring, “Mow thyself!”
Other mangled quotes include:
I was just about ready to give up. But during the holidays, while visiting with friends and family, I spent a lot of time listening to old people (mostly me) complain about their latest aches and pains, and reminisce about the good ol’ days of youth. (“Youth is wasted on the young” also is not original.)
While driving home, a new quote popped into my head. And this time a Google search did not produce a single match. I’m confident that NO ONE has ever used this expression before. Here goes: “The most frustrating part about being old is not being old, it’s remembering being young.”
And if you don’t think that one is any good, to use a famous old Shakespearean quote, “Tough noogies.”
|Home||Current Faith||Current Funnies||Faith Archive||Funnies Archive||Contact Bill|