on the subject of new (or altered) proverbs...

Bonnie Taylor-Blake taylor-blake at NC.RR.COM
Mon May 28 00:35:11 UTC 2007

Laurence Horn wrote:

> Just heard one kid in the next yard say to another, "Don't judge a
> book by its color."

This reminds me of a descriptor I heard the other day on some NPR or PRI
program.  The commentator described [some rather empty policy, I think] as
"all cover, no book."  And now I see that a 1998 article in *Entertainment
Weekly* noted that "[Ryan Phillippe] looks marvelous, all right, but as an
actor, he's all cover and no book."

I sense that this expression hasn't really taken off, but I'm rooting for

-- Bonnie

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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