Coming full circle on "X is the new Y"

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Fri Nov 21 04:44:30 UTC 2008

On Nov 20, 2008, at 8:29 PM, Larry Horn wrote:

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> Subject:      Coming full circle on "X is the new Y"
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> If memory serves, the origin of this now ubiquitous snowclone/meme
> was "X is the new black".  In the current New Yorker, there's a
> post-election cartoon whose caption observes, "Black is the new
> black".

old news.  on 11/11/06 I noted on Language Log that someone had found
46,000 google hits for  "black is the new black".


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