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Re: Where were you when the lights went out.

Posted by GPP on August 15, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Where were you when the lights went out. posted by GPP on August 15, 2003

: : : : I am wandering what the "where were you when the lights went out down in the cellar eating sour crout" would refer to. This is not a phrase I think it's an old saying.
: : : : What is the difference between phrase's and old sayings?
: : : : Hugs.
: : : : Kim Whitworth

: : : The only version of this I've ever heard is "Where was Moses when the lights went out?" ("In the dark.")

: : There's a song and then there was a movie (Mary Tyler Moore?) after the blackout in the 60s.

: Speaking of the lights being out, right at this moment there seems to be a problem in much of eastern North America, and about half the websites I've been trying to access are out of commission. BTW, that's "sauerkraut", not "sour crout". Where were you when the lights went out? Thursday, August 14, 2003 Posted: 11:12 PM EDT (0312 GMT)

That's a good question about the difference between a "phrase" and an old saying. In the sense that the word "phrase" is used at this website, it is a "saying", but need not at all be an old one. For instance, a current business cliche "thinking outside the box" appears to be only a few years old. And nearly everything that George W Bush says is either de novo, by accident (e.g., "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream"), or a tired cliche (like "tired cliche", except that I don't think he knows that word).