[Ads-l] Another quote

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 4 13:27:29 UTC 2022

This one may not be a top contender for QOTY but it's still worth noting.
The citation is from a campaign rally "at a church outside Atlanta", in a
Rolling Stone article on Hershel Walker's false claims regarding his
academic credentials (April 1, 2022).

"At one time science said, man came from apes. Did it not? If that is true,
why are there still apes? Think about it."

Although the substance goes back 150 years, the line is distinctly from the
internet era. Statement-final imperative "Think about it" has become a
standard rhetorical device to enhance counterfactual/conspiracy theory
statements that otherwise may be best described as "shit I found on the
internet", especially when posted on Twitter. Another similar device is
"Just Google it", although that one is, obviously, less exclusive. This
does not interfere with other common uses of "Think about it"


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

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