Monday, January 07, 2008

Yes, Virginia, You Too Can Be Cool Like The Macalope

Ok, ok ... I've just got to admit it ... sometimes bloggers can just prove they're cooler than others by using little catch phrases that only "the insiders" understand.

One example recently,

The Macalope writes:

Yes, Virginia, any idiot CAN file a lawsuit!

Previously, I thought a writer for Web Pro News was just addressing the state of Virginia, but apparently this is some little "cool person catch phrase" that is brought up every now and then when referencing stories about "disbelief".

This headline (and accompanying story) was written about my recent lawsuit victory:

Yes Virginia, Bloggers Can Be Journalists

When I saw the Macalope's headline I was curious as to why one of the most memorable headlines from MY press was also a headline in a Macalope piece. I thought," Surely the Macalope isn't referencing a recent headline I made?"

Turns out this is one of the "internet lingo" catch phrases that I wasn't aware of.

The origin of this phrase comes from:

In September, 1897, an eight year old New York girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun asking, "Is there a Santa Claus?" In reply Francis P. Church wrote an editorial which pleased so many readers that the Sun printed it every year during the Christmas season, from 1897 to 1949.

~ Chicago Public Library Website

In the letter, the editor wrote back to little Virginia:

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist ...

This is quite a beautiful piece that Church (The Chicago Sun editor) wrote and I would encourage you to read it.


So, now you TOO can be cool and understand what that means (if you didn't already) when someone says something like,

"Yes Virginia, You too can be cool!"

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