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

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Oct 1 14:19:06 UTC 2013

At 10/1/2013 08:53 AM, Charles C Doyle wrote:
>Psychoanalytic variant:  "If it's not one thing, then you're in denial."

I thought it was "If this is Egypt, 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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