Mighty Red Pen

July 13, 2011

Summertime and the riffin’ is easy

Filed under: Word wars,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:50 pm

This arrived in my in-box the other day from Lands’ End. I know it’s so tempting (and I’m sure I’ve succumbed to the temptation myself), but I’d really could live with a moratorium on writing tags that riff off the George Gershwin tune from Porgy and Bess, “Summertime.” ’Cause, you know, everyone does it.

Some do it more elegantly than others. Here’s a post from the Forbes blog—a big no thank you to “the savings is easy,” please:

Here’s the New York Times with it:

And this article bypasses the whole summer time and goes straight for the point:

So let’s make a pact, shall we, to let this line rest in peace for a long, long time. After all, it’s summertime and the agreein’ is easy.

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