“Not responsible for lost or stolen verbiage”

“When your neuron fires, make sure they aren’t blanks”

In the Wild Wild West of the World Wide Web, language could be stolen, mangled, butchered, or even kidnapped. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean you’re free to steal other people’s literary property without at least providing reference to the source in the form of a footnote.

About an hour ago, I was formulating a blog with my highly discerning writing consultant. I was establishing the opening paragraph of a very interesting blog about blogging — I know, it sounds very Seinfeldian. Andy came up with a pithy witticism which I liked, but he was distracting me and I told him to, “hold that thought.” But, he dropped it which pithed me off. We got through the opening passage and got through half of the body of the article when I asked him if he remembered his comedic remark. When he said he forgot his joke, we both tried to jog our memory banks, but the thought didn’t come to us until we got three more paragraphs into the blog. Then, we brainstormed, and it came back to us. What was the phrase we were looking for? “None of your business!” You mean you won’t tell me? No, I just told you. The phrase we forgot was, “None of your business.” Although we considered using the phrase, “Mind your business” as well.

To conclude this satire about the making of “Bloviating Business Blogs in the Big Blasphemous Blogosphere” — we didn’t actually use that exact title, but you get the point, I came up with a very interesting verbiage for a warning sign.

“Not responsible for lost or stolen verbiage.”

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