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06 May 2013

Daily Ambivalence - killing two birds with one stone

Sometimes someone says something that other people repeat enough that it becomes part of a society's phrasal lexicon.

The unfortunate part of this is that the originator of the saying is rarely recognized or even remembered.

Cows looking at birds
A long time ago some guy said "kill two birds with one stone," but nobody knows who that was. The guy never made any money from having said that. His descendants have no way of claiming any kind of copyright or capitalizing on this odd phrase that, in essence, results in a blood-covered rock.

In today's Daily Ambivalence I have been able to push out a post and put together the words "phrasal lexicon." I was kind of proud of that for a few minutes until I did a Google search and found that a guy named Joseph D. Becker already coined the term. I really thought I had come up with something that might get picked up by other people and then repeated until it was as ubiquitous as the two birds and a stone saying. No such luck.

Writing a post and coming up with a brand new term that would sweep the world would have been like, well, like killing two birds with one stone.

I hate Joseph D. Becker. Whoever he is.

Killing two birds with one stone . . . eh.