[Ads-l] Heard: "It was impossible to get a conversation going ...

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Thu Sep 24 00:29:44 UTC 2015


As Ben points out about the two dining-place sayings,"A statement that is self-contradictory on the surface, yet seems to evoke a truth nonetheless.”


More than just "seems", I think.  No wonder he was a player on 10 World Series-winning teams.

Joel
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 From: Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
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Here's my contribution to today's Yogi-fest:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2015/09/23/best_yogi_isms_how_yogi_berra_turned_linguistic_vice_into_virtue_with_his.html

I was also on Southern California Public Radio show AirTalk:

http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2015/09/23/44580/rip-yogi-berra-s-best-malapropisms/

On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 5:48 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>
> Joel wrote:
>> Interesting. But I was quoting that as one of only many that will
>> appear out of the woodwork* following The Yogi's demise
>
> Right, there may be a burst of old, revived, and new Yogi-isms. Barry
> Popik has fruitfully examined many sayings attributed to the baseball
> great, and I've looked at some.
>
> The QI website is receiving significant additional traffic today from
> referrals to the webpages about Berra quotations from nytimes.com,
> slate.com, huffingtonpost.com, mentalfloss.com and reddit.com. It is
> also receiving additional traffic from cracked.com for an Einstein
> attributed quotation.
>
> Traffic today already exceeds 17,000 users measured by Google
> Analytics. So it will be a busy day, but the total probably will not
> reach the record traffic from last year of 64,000 users in one day.
> Those visitors were reading about the Hemingway attributed
> ultra-concise tale about baby shoes.

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