[Ads-l] "You [X] 'em, we [X-rhyme] 'em"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 4 08:31:35 EDT 2017

Back around 1980-81, I had a university acquaintance who would frequently
answer with a selection from among these sayings:

"City Morgue: You kill 'em, we chill 'em!"

"City Morgue: You stab' em, we slab 'em!"

"Abortion Clinic: You rape 'em, we scrape 'em. No fetus can beat us."

Now I read in Hugh Gusterson's informative _Drone_ (Cambridge: MIT Press,
2016), p. 9, that,

"'You Track 'Em, We Whack 'Em,' is the informal motto of the team at the
National Security Agency that collects and analyzes ... cell phone data
[that may serve to identify the whereabouts of prominent terrorists]."

Googling "You kill 'em, we chill 'em" turns up approx. one zillion
instances of this pattern.

How far back can this black-humor genre be traced?


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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