Complete Definition of "snowclone"

was wotd|2007|December|27
English
warn|neologism

Etymology
Blend of snow cone and clone; coined by Glen Whitman in response to w:Geoffrey Pullum|Geoffrey Pullum on the blog w:Language Log|Language Log

Pronunciation
a|RP IPA|/ËsnÉÊ.klÉÊn/, SAMPA|/"[email protected]@Un/
a|US IPA|/ËsnoÊ.kloÊn/, SAMPA|/"snoU.kloUn/
audio|en-us-snowclone.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
en-noun

  1. A type of cliché which uses an old idiom formulaically in a new context. For example, "it's X, but not as we know it".

#* 2005 Nov 5, auuV, âSome articles that I like. They are about languageâ, <tt>alt.running.out.of.newsgroup.names</tt>, Usenet
#*: I stumbled upon the site the other day, when I was looking up the origins of the "Im not an X, but I play one on TV" snowclone.
#* 2005 December 3, David Rowan, âTrendsurfing: <nowiki>'</nowiki>Snowclone<nowiki>'</nowiki> journalismâ 1, The Times
#*: Suddenly snowclone hunters were documenting media usages suggesting that, in space, no one can hear you belch, bitch, blog, speak, squeak or suck.
#* 2006 Jun 20, Michael Erard, Analyzing Eggcorns and Snowclones, and Challenging Strunk and White, in w:The New York Times|The New York Times, page F4
#*: Regular readers learned there first about snowclones, the basic building blocks of cliches, like "X is the new Y" or "you don't need a degree in A to do B."
#* 2006 Jul, Mark Peters, Not Your Father's Cliché, in w:Columbia Journalism Review|Columbia Journalism Review 45(2), page 14
#*: If so, you're being snowed under by snowclones &mdash; a category of fill-in-the-blank cliché identified by linguists.
#* 2006 Nov 18, unknown author, Snowclone, in w:New Scientist|New Scientist 192(2578), page 80
#*: When you read phrases like these in a newspaper, you've stumbled across a particular type of cliché: the snowclone.

Synonyms
catchphrase, cliché

Related terms
meme

References
2004 January 16, w:Geoffrey Pullum|Geoffrey Pullum, âSnowclones: lexicographical dating to the secondâ, w:Language Log|Language Log

External links
pedialite

ru:snowclone

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