Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Retired Phrase of the Week

"Don't let the door hit you on the way out."

When I was in middle school, a kid in my class got in trouble for acting up in class, and was sent to the principal's office. As he was on his way out of the classroom, another kid shouted, "don't let the door hit your ass on the way out." That remark got him sent to the principal's office as well, but it earned him the admiration of his peers and an alpha-male social status that lasted well into high school. This was the power of the phrase among 12 and 13 year-olds.

So I was sort of amused to hear John Kerry employ a defanged, assless version of the phrase during the 2004 presidential election campaign. It eventually became sort of a campaign slogan .

Well, ever since 2004, "don't let the door hit you on the way out" has become a cliched slogan for "straight-talkers" of all stripes to employ. I instantly stop listening to someone who says it, and instantly stop reading someone who writes it. It is time to retire it, and time to stop using it.

So long, "don't let the door hit you on the way out." Don't let the door hit you on the way out.


At 2/01/2006 10:01 AM, Anonymous Zach said...

I have the same rule, so I stopped reading your post after the first line.


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