_(Most)_____ is the new _(up)_____
Click over to your favorite blog, and pick out the 4th and 14th words (that aren’t “the” or “an”). Drop them into this phrase:
“_____ is the new _____.”
There’s your post title. Now write!
“Just tell me the truth!” cried the visitor. “All I want to know is, what is your most? Can’t you understand plain words? What is your most! You must tell me!”
“My most what?” I exclaimed. “You are the one who doesn’t understand! Most needs something to modify. Like, most loved, most tasty, most relaxing. . . .you have to give me some help here!”
“NO! NO! I’m talking about what is MOST instead of what is LEAST! It’s not that hard!”
“Ok, just calm down. What do I have the most of? What is most compelling, what is least compelling? Most really can’t stand alone, you know. It needs something to modify, or if it’s used as a pronoun, as in “most don’t agree,” there has to be an antecedent somewhere, like Slobovians, which you’ve been talking about already. And then it becomes a modifier again. Look, do you want me to diagram this for you?”
“Agggggghhh! Why do grammar teachers have to make things so complicated? All I’m asking you is what is your MOST!”
“I can’t answer that. I really can’t. I don’t know what you want to know about my MOST! Do you mean, for instance, “She has more money than he does, but I have the MOST”?
“All right. You win. We’re just not communicating. I asked you a simple question: What is your most. You can’t give me a simple answer. So I give UP! I don’t know why I have to give UP instead of give DOWN, but this language makes no sense anyway. Goodbye. I’m not staying where I can’t communicate!”
“Well, I’m sorry. I’m sorry you can’t communicate, but if you leave, I will be the MOST UP that I’ve been all day!”