Damn it, man, I'm a doctor, not a linguist!
Word of the day: Snowclone
I learned this new vocabulary word a few weeks ago and then forgot it when I was trying to explain it to a friend recently so I'm using the multiple ways of learning theory (typing up an explanation in my own words for you all) to cement it in my brain. Thusly: A Snowclone is a word or phrase that is absorbed into pop culture and can be adapted to fit many varying situations while still retaining its recognizable structure.
Pink is the new black.
or, further modified:
Orange is the new pink.
Other examples include:
Have _______will travel.
Something is rotten in the state of _________.
The mother of all _________.
The best one I've seen is from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:
to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before
And, of course, there are endless variants of Dr. McCoy's "I'm a doctor not a ..." line, many perpetuated by himself and the rest of the Star Trek crew. (Incidentally a snowclone is a variant on a catch phrase which can also be spelled catchphrase and, according to wikipedia, is the only word in the English language with more than five consecutive consonants. )