Heds Up: This headline writer was smokin'

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Thu May 3 03:02:46 UTC 2007

 William Salmon writes:
>On the other hand, the idiom "keeping up with the Jones", in addition to
>its primary meaning of neighborly envy or competition, can also refer to
>maintaining sobriety, or resisting "the jones".
But *does* anyone say "keeping up with the Jones," in the neighborly
competitive meaning?  I have always heard "Joneses" in this context spoken
clearly with the final /@s/, notwithstanding  the common error of writing "
Jones' "for Joneses on lawn signs, &c.
There was a time when it was having a monkey on one's back, acc. Nelson Algren.

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