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Logosphere should definitely be a word

Posted by Lotg on December 15, 2003

In Reply to: Re: "Does the bear s**t in the woods"? posted by Bob on December 13, 2003

: : : : The earlier thread about onions led me to think about expressions in English that use a unquestioned known truth to express the truth in another statement. There are a number of these, but one used in the midwest part of the US is the title of this thread. It is used when an individual says something is true -- and compares it to a 'natural truth'. One which is less than PC today is 'is the Pope Polish?'.
: : : : Are there other examples from the English speaking world of these types of expressions?

: : : That the current pope is Polish is a contingent truth rather than a "natural truth".
: : : That triangles have three sides is not a contingent truth and the rhetorical question
: : : 'Does a triangle have three sides?' does the job you're referring to.

: : Whereas, 'Is the Pope a Catholic', which is used quite a lot in the UK could be said to be a natural truth since to be other than a Catholic in that position denies the office.

: The three most common in my logosphere (I don't know if such a word exists, but it should) are "does a bear s* in the woods?" "is the Pope Catholic?" and "is a frog's ass waterproof?" Reluctant as I am to repeat cliches, I usually rearrange them into "does the pope s* in the woods? Is a bear Catholic?" etc. Since the frog's anal integrity is less commonly repeated, I leave that intact.

Not only do I like 'logosphere', but I've never heard the 'frog' cliche, and while it may be a tad uncouth, I must say I like it.