Monday, March 12, 2007

Like a broken MP3

Lysaine Gagnon makes a valiant effort to update a cliché in her column in the Globe. (subscription req'd):
Mr. Charest is using the same arguments as in the 1995 referendum [...] while the PQ, just like in 1995, talks about the cheerful days that would follow a Yes vote. All in all, it sounds like a scratched CD. [emphasis mine]
Actually, a scratched CD sounds like dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit – which would be a very interesting thing for a provincial election to sound like.

[UPDATE: Just realized that Gagnon, if she was really insistent on a compact disc simile, could easily have written "it sounds like a CD player on repeat," which not only would have updated the cliché, it would have improved it, or at least made it more accurate, since a broken record only loops a few seconds' worth of sound, while a CD on repeat starts again at the beginning an infinite number of times. Can I have a Globe column now?]

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