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February 2, 2009 4:27 PM   Subscribe

There's a song that goes, "If there's one thing to say about mankind, there's nothing kind about man." What words other than "mankind" would this work for?

My boyfriend have turned a Tom Waits song into an inside joke by bastardizing that line: If there's one thing to say about lolcats, there's nothing cats about lol. If there's one thing to say about Marmite, there's nothing mite about Mar. Are there any other words/phrases that this actually would be clever for?
posted by lizzicide to Writing & Language (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
If there is one thing to say about fundamentalist Christians, there is nothing Christian about fundamentalists.
posted by McGuillicuddy at 4:32 PM on February 2, 2009 [5 favorites]


If there's one thing to say about soupnuts, there's nothing nuts about soup
posted by poppo at 4:35 PM on February 2, 2009


Also just to ruin the fun, here's a couple thousand compound words.
posted by poppo at 4:37 PM on February 2, 2009


Attorneys general.
Fatboy Slim?
Doug Funnie.
posted by papayaninja at 4:39 PM on February 2, 2009


Compound word or multi-word nouns?
How about "Microsoft Works"?
posted by JuiceBoxHero at 4:42 PM on February 2, 2009


If there is one thing to say about civil engineers, there is nothing civil about engineers. Sorry, I couldn't resist the urge to throw an awful engineering joke in.

Would I get slammed if I mentioned "compassionate conservatives?" "Healthy fast food" comes to mind, as well.
posted by giggleknickers at 4:46 PM on February 2, 2009


giggleknickers, it only works if you're reversing the words. Otherwise, it's too easy. There's nothing engineers about civil?
posted by lizzicide at 4:55 PM on February 2, 2009


Clockwise / nothing wise about clocks?
Freestanding / nothing standing free?
Heartburn / nothing burning in hearts?

:/
posted by LSK at 5:10 PM on February 2, 2009


"common sense" is the classic example, such as "Common sense isn't common."

(By the way, please ignore McGuillicuddy's anti-christian bigotry.)
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:11 PM on February 2, 2009


"common sense" is the classic example, such as "Common sense isn't common.".)

You didn't understand the question.

(By the way, please ignore McGuillicuddy's anti-christian bigotry.)

You didn't understand the answer.
posted by poppo at 5:26 PM on February 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


bartender
bedridden
bedspread
breakfast
butterfly
chestnuts
copyright!
counterintuitive
crackdown
crosswise
daylight
firefly
foolhardy
footlight
footloose
freestanding
spotlight
sunlight

wienermobile??
posted by combustibl at 5:32 PM on February 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


Jeff Foxworthy
Sierra Mist

Okay sure the second one only works if you hate Ciara, but come on.
posted by cashman at 5:55 PM on February 2, 2009


combustibl, just because wieners are short doesn't mean they can't make some progress - this one can apparently run 25 miles per hour - faster than the world record holding human!

Also, some of our wieners are pretty mobile...
posted by Picklegnome at 6:05 PM on February 2, 2009


How has nobody said "bittersweet" yet?
posted by Lemurrhea at 6:07 PM on February 2, 2009


warfare / nothing fair about war
wintertime / nothing time(ly) about winter
herself / nothing self(ish) about her
handsomeness / nothing ominous about hands?
hourglass / nothing glass about ours maybe you have a plastic one

It depends on how much you want to fudge the sound.
embraces / nothing abrasive about 'em!

Basically you are looking for compound words that are nouns, in which the first part of the word is also a noun which means roughly the same thing, and the second part is an adjective.
posted by oulipian at 6:07 PM on February 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


nothingness / nothing nice about nothing
posted by oulipian at 6:14 PM on February 2, 2009


American Idol / nothing idle about Americans
Shark Week /nothing weak about sharks
pop culture / nothing cultured about pop
rescues / no excuse about risk
loneliness / nothingness about lonely
students / dense about stew?
Edward Gorey
posted by oulipian at 6:45 PM on February 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


the economic stimulus / nothing timeless about the economics
posted by oulipian at 6:48 PM on February 2, 2009


world wars / nothing worse about the world
posted by oulipian at 6:51 PM on February 2, 2009


First variation that came to mind: If there's one thing I've learned about the Kingdom, it's that there's nothing dumb about the King.
posted by nobody at 7:33 PM on February 3, 2009


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