Inspired by the Oxford English Dictionary and The Quote Verifier (well, maybe not "inspired"; they're nearby and handy), here's what could become a new 'Net Game, yielding a net gain of nonsense, naughtiness, and -- who knows -- nausea.
I've dubbed the game Quotomorphia and hereby declare myself the sole and proprietary inventor and owner of this term, as well as its copyright holder, to wit, ipso facto, habeas corpus, colloquial colitis, et saecula saeculorum. Amen.
It goes like this:
Take an original quote, or as best one can discern it to be original (as Ralph Keyes can attest, that can be a scholarly challenge; so, let's just have fun, shall we, kids?), state it, and then twist the original quote into a new quote. Most people will probably use the hundreds of quotation websites out there. Preferably the new quote is witty or offers a new, telling commentary all its own.
Here are my first feeble forays into the fray:
"What else than a natural and mighty palimpsest is the human brain?" -- Thomas De Quincey
"What else than a natural and mighty pimp is the male genitalia?" -- The Laughorist
"Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing." -- Oscar Wilde
"Nowadays people know the price of gas but not the cost of war." -- Pawlie Kokonuts
"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity." -- Horace Mann
"Be ashamed to die until you have appeared on the cover of People." -- The Laughorist
"Mission accomplished." -- George W. Bush
"Mission: accomplices." -- Pawlie Kokonuts
"I laughed all the way to the bank." -- Liberace
"I laughed all the way to the poorhouse." -- The Laughorist
I'll be on my peregrination [see previous post] to the Emerald Isle, so my online presence will likely be felt only by my absence.
Feel free to browse through my arch and ornery (and sometimes funny) archives. If I can log on from Ireland -- and feel so disposed to do so -- I'll check in.
Otherwise, pray I don't get blown off the Cliffs of Moher.
Come to think of it . . .