Word Play

Word Play

I came across a nonsensical aphorism of genius by Stan Jefferson, also known as Stan Laurel lately, ‘Anyone can build a nest but not everyone can lay an egg.’ I tried to do something similar but couldn’t manage it. The one off formula of this Stan Laurelism relies on a general metaphor. People, birds, build nests. This is then followed up with something connected but specific. The second part of the Aphorism isn’t a metaphor, it is a description of a particular physical act, ‘laying an egg,’ something not everyone can do. Result a great nonsensical truism. But just to show everyone who reads this blog, if anyone does? that I am not completely wasting my time this September, I came up with something not half as good. Or maybe it is exactly half as good. So, feel free to use it sometime no time. ‘Anyone can eat a banana but not everyone can slip on its skin.’

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