Saturday, September 27, 2008

If That Don't Beat Everything I Ever Damn Witnessed

Pronounced “fat don beat everthan ah eva dam widniss,” this is a favorite phrase of my father-in-law who has lived most of his life in the mountains of western North Carolina. It is applied to things outrageous, outlandish, utterly stupid, or completely unexpected. High gas prices, the woman who paints her entire body silver and waits on the corner downtown for some loose change dropped at her feet to activate her hidden robot circuitry, the guy who tries surfing on the hood of his friend’s ’73 Cutlas, George Bush reading a book.

The sight of a couple of self-proclaimed rednecks campaigning for Obama would certainly elicit the phrase, falling under the last category of its usage. Liberalism is about as popular as tofu in the south, so this is truly an encouraging sign of the times. Fat don beat everthan.

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