A few days ago I was mean to Slate.com by not only suggesting that the answer to their survey question “If you’re a Democratic voter, what do you hear when the president says, “Buck up”?” should be “It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again;” I passively-aggressively suggested that other people should join in. Judging from comments, a couple of people felt like this was a fine idea – but as Constant Reader Demosthenes notes here, none of those responses seem to have made it through. Including, I should add, mine (which I had done from memory, and so had not gotten quite right).
Let me be clear: if the number of people who submitted “It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again” broke double digits I’ll be shocked. But there were some; and I can’t imagine why it wasn’t at least mentioned. After all, it’s just as true as “f*ck off” (without the asterisk), which was a very popular cross-spectrum choice.
Very odd. Kind of funny, though.
PS: This is about the level of caring that I plan to expend on this, by the way.