Thursday, September 20, 2007

Deadbeat dad

Haven't seen your old man for the last few weeks? Odds are he's been running around the country in a frantic search of lost-and-found bins at football stadia:

Granted, this is not your father's Big Ten.
Palm Beach Post, 9/16

But seriously, this is not your father's Giants defense.
N.Y. Daily News, 9/14

This is not your father's college football.
Lincoln Journal Star, 9/9

Not your father's Sooners
Miami Herald, 9/7

This is not your father's Nittany Lions.*
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 9/3

Of course, he could be checking out the opera:
This is not your father's “La Boheme.”
Washington Times, 9/17

... or the high-end luthiers:
And these are not your father's basses.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 9/9

... or the nonrevenue sports:
This is not your father's Amherst volleyball team.
Springfield Republican, 9/12

.... or the Grand Old Party:
Regrettably, this is not your father's Republican Party anymore.
Flint Journal, 9/14

He's not your father's front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.
St. Pete Times, 9/8

... or a trailer park in Florida:
This is not your father's pre-fab.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 9/5

... or, along with the New York Times, the new restaurants:
Not your father's Millburn, that's for sure.
NYT, 8/26

Orwell's famous "Politics and the English Language" has done a lot of damage to writing in general, and news writing in particular, through the years, but you have to admit his first rule has kind of a ring to it: Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. That goes for all of you.

* They isn't?

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