Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Mon Nov 1 07:49:33 UTC 2010

Here's a word for your scholarly dissection: meta.

Perhaps the most meta moment of the week. In the episode, Charlie
drinks beer on the couch and jokes about his "$2500 date experiences,"
while preparing to go out with the well-preserved dermatologist who
"scraped a pre-cancerous mole off my ass."
    TV Guide, Oct 29, 2010

The event proved a mass demonstration of noncommittal cleverness,
quirk and irony. Through signage, some rally-goers competed to be the
most topical ("One man's socialism is another man's uninformed
buzzword"), the most off-topical ("I love pineapples") and the most
meta ("I am holding a sign").
  Washington Post, October 31.

"Meta moment" gets 23,000 googlits.


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