Speaking of catch-phrases

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Tue Dec 14 16:34:44 UTC 1999

The form I am familiar with is "Close don't/doesn't count, 'cept/except in
horseshoes and hand-grenades". I don't think I've heard the form "'Almost'
doesn't count..."

maberry at u.washington.edu

On Tue, 14 Dec 1999, Laurence Horn wrote:

> I've heard the first and third (typically conjoined):  '...except in
> horseshoes and hand-grenades', which alliterates nicely.  I haven't heard
> the shotguns, and I imagine nuclear bombs, etc., would work as exceptions
> as well.  The question remains, though, especially since (or at least so I
> suspect) the "'Almost' doesn't count" part preceded the discovery of the
> exceptions.
> larry

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