"Different strokes for different folks"

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sun May 2 03:45:02 UTC 2004

Isn't this rhyme a 'hip' variant of the "different drummer" metaphor?
Aren't the strokes originally drum strokes (presumably with a rather
natural double- or triple-entendre, at least in the popular-musical uses)?
I don't know whether I've heard/read this derivation somewhere or whether
it just seemed obvious/likely to me when I first encountered the rhyme.

-- Doug Wilson

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