[Ads-l] no X left behind - snowclone - and the nonexistent poop fairy

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 4 22:47:54 EDT 2017


Thank you for that correction. BB

> On 4 May 2017, at 18:48, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> I wrote about the "no X left behind" snowclone on Language Log in Feb. '06,
> after Safire brought it up in an On Language column (without calling it a
> snowclone):
> 
> http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002877.html
> http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/26/magazine/no-left-behind.html
> 
> Larry Horn followed up with an example that August:
> 
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2006-August/061931.html
> 
> ...but the "poo(p)" variant is new to me.
> 
> 
> On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 8:52 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> It looks like this snowclone hasn’t been discussed here. I don’t know if
>> it originated with the “No Child Left Behind Act” (
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Child_Left_Behind_Act <
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Child_Left_Behind_Act>), but that’s what
>> I think of when I hear it.
>> 
>> The variation I see a lot is “no poop left behind”, as an admonition to
>> dog walkers to pick up dog poop.
>> 
>> http://www.elizabethriver.org/sites/default/files/styles/
>> news_flexslider/public/scoop-the-poop.png?itok=ZDb8bZND <
>> http://www.elizabethriver.org/sites/default/files/
>> styles/news_flexslider/public/scoop-the-poop.png?itok=ZDb8bZND>
>> http://southsidedaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/poop.jpg <
>> http://southsidedaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/poop.jpg>
>> 
>> No poo left behind:
>> https://nopoopleftbehind.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/waronpoop2.png <
>> https://nopoopleftbehind.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/waronpoop2.png>
>> 
>> In this scatological connection, I would also like to report the
>> nonexistent poop fairy:
>> 
>> There is no poop fairy / pick up that poo!
>> http://ih0.redbubble.net/image.52330197.6299/sticker,
>> 220x200-pad,220x200,ffffff.u2.jpg <http://ih0.redbubble.net/
>> image.52330197.6299/sticker,220x200-pad,220x200,ffffff.u2.jpg>
>> http://ih0.redbubble.net/image.52329210.6242/sticker,
>> 220x200-pad,220x200,ffffff.u2.jpg <http://ih0.redbubble.net/
>> image.52329210.6242/sticker,220x200-pad,220x200,ffffff.u2.jpg>
>> 
>> There is no poop fairy / scoop your poop
>> http://www.greenvillesoilandwater.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/
>> webbanner-1024x430.png <http://www.greenvillesoilandwater.com/wp-
>> content/uploads/2014/03/webbanner-1024x430.png>
>> 
>> There is no poop fairy / please clean up after your dog
>> http://moira-company.com/images/poopfairy.jpg <http://moira-company.com/
>> images/poopfairy.jpg>
>> http://www.mobileranger.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/poopfairy.jpg <
>> http://www.mobileranger.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/poopfairy.jpg>
>> 
>> 
>> 
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