Graffito: "To Be Is To Do" "To Do Is To Be" "Do Be Do Be Do"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Sep 17 20:24:59 UTC 2013

Has anyone in this thread mentioned the fourth line:

Be a do be, not a don't be.
Romper Room

Younger members of ADS-L probably have no idea what I'm referring to.


From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Joel S. Berson [Berson at ATT.NET]
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 4:10 PM
Subject: Re: Graffito: "To Be Is To Do" "To Do Is To Be" "Do Be Do Be Do"

At 9/16/2013 08:31 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>And then there are fictional ones, like Sherlock Holmes's
>"Elementary, my dear Watson" or Ilsa(Ingrid Bergman's character in
>Casablanca)'s "Play it again, Sam."

Perhaps Larry didn't consider whether or not Ilsa actually said this
as important, since it has become iconic, but I believe she merely
said "Play it, Sam."


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