[Ads-l] inplausible

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Fri Dec 12 02:06:17 UTC 2014


Ben is almost certainly correct, because, among the internet crowd I hang out with, the Simpsons is often a source of ironic commentary. For example, Ms. Lovejoy's 'Won't somebody please think of the children...' 

And many more... 
Thanks, I haven't watched enough Simpsons to collect all the buzzwords. 

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> From: "Ben Zimmer" <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
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> On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM, Geoff Nathanwrote:
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> > Related, perhaps, is that I frequently see 'unpossible'.
> >
> > Always ironically (with meaning: 'I had been promised/I promised
> > that X would never happen, even though any rational person could
> > have predicted that it would')

> I would wager that many of those ironists are quoting the great Ralph
> Wiggum.

> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzyCi1BFATA
> http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Simpsons/Season_6#Lisa_on_Ice

> --bgz

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