Idly wondering: "If it's not one thing, it's two things."

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Tue Oct 1 12:53:48 UTC 2013

Psychoanalytic variant:  "If it's not one thing, then you're in denial."

From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Laurence Horn [laurence.horn at YALE.EDU]
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 9:23 PM

On Sep 30, 2013, at 7:40 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> This is the canonical BE version of
> "If it's not one thing, it's another."
> Is it also used by white people?
I haven't heard that one.  There is, however, the Freudian version: "If it's not one thing, it's your mother."


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