April 04, 2013

lets send 'em up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes


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"Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes it" is a catchphrase which became popular in the United States during the late 1950s and early 1960s. It means "to present an idea tentatively and see whether it receives a favorable reaction." It is now considered a cliché. Sometimes it is used seriously, but more often it is used humorously, with the intention that it be recognized as both hackneyed and outdated.  source: Wikipedia



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Comedians, when mocking corporate culture, were certain to use it, along with expressions such as "the whole ball of wax".  source: Wikipedia



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In Stan Freberg's 1961 comedy album, Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America: The Early Years, General George Washington, after having just received the nation's new flag from seamstress Betsy Ross, announces that he'll just "run it up the flagpole... see if anyone salutes." source: Wikipedia

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1 comment:

nancy namaste said...

When I see these, I think of the Spring poems by Basho.

Spring day warmth,
forgetting to shut the door, my body is covered with petals.

 
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