Friday, December 22, 2006

Now That's Bombing

I just saw Eddie Murphy interviewed on Inside The Actors Studio. Asked if he'd return to stand-up, he said it'd be tough to go back to ground zero.

Yes, it would be tough, since "ground zero" means the area where the explosion takes place. I think Eddie meant it'd be tough to go back to square one. (Come to think of it, it would be tough to go back to ground zero.)

Actually, I've heard this meaning attached to "ground zero" so often, I think it may now be correct.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its always interesting how slang and other idioms evolve based upon on a partial perception of the original meaning.

In 5 or so years, I think "outside the box" will move in meaning from the positive "clever innovative ideas resulting from questioning accepted assumptions" to the negative "messy sloppy possibly illegal/unethical/Enron-like conduct"
equivalent maybe to "off the books" or "under the table" The New Yorker about cats & this phrase might be helping this along.

10:03 AM, December 22, 2006  

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