This page contains links to each snowclone which currently has a post written about it. It should overlap with all the items crossed off in the Queue. If you are looking for a place to suggest a snowclone, please go to the Queue.

going to X like I’ve never Xed before
X is the Y of Z
the only good X is a dead X
whatever Xs your Y
my X runneth over
got X?
if X is wrong, I don’t want to be right
Im in ur X Ying ur Z
yes Virginia, there is an X
not the Xest Y in the Z
a few X short of a Y
that’s not an X. that’s an X
X me no Xs
don’t hate me because I’m Y
to X or not to X
I’m not an X, but I play one on TV
I am X, hear me Y
(Dammit Jim,) I’m an X, not a Y
we don’t need no stinkin’ X
have X will travel
save an X, ride a Y
in space, no one can hear you X
X is the new Y
Eskimo words for snow
in Soviet Russia, X Ys you
I for one welcome our X overlords
X and Y and Z, oh my!
take this X and shove it
when I say X, what I really mean is Y
we’re gonna need a bigger X
X is hard, let’s go shopping
these are not the X you’re looking for
there once was an X from place B… (the limerick)
there’s no crying in X!
X 2: Electric Boogaloo
my kingdom for a(n?) X
I [shape] X
this is your brain on X
the first rule of X is, you don’t talk about X
I X, therefore I am
consider the X
all your X are belong to us
it’s X all the way down

Love in the time of X

X considered harmful

8 responses to “Index

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  2. Hi,

    I found your site a while back. I was looking for samples of the structure “Show me an X, and I will show you an Y”, like in “Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser”. I thought of this site, but I couldn’t find any post on it. I think this info could be useful to you.

    Thank you for your work.

    Best regards,

    Juan Pablo Martínez

  3. @Juan Pablo Martínez: That’s a good one. It’s in the queue now.

  4. I would like to propose the following snowclone entry:

    Bad X, no Y.

    It might also look better if punctuated differently (e.g., a colon or a dash in place of the comma).

    My colleague thinks the original version might be “Bad cop, no donut.” This sounds plausible to me, although I could only recall it in the abstracted version myself.

    The specific phrase “Bad cop, no donut” gets about 10K Google hits; my attempt at a more general search is too broad (my Google fu is insufficient to eliminate some clear excess, e.g., “Bad Credit? No Money Down”).

    By the way, I’m sorely tempted to bind those variables with lambdas or some such: it worries me a little to see them roaming around free like that.

    The particular instance that brought this to mind was “Bad department, no course release.” The administrator in question didn’t actually say that, but it struck me as the most concise way to describe (in part) the results of a recent meeting.

    I predict that some day this will merge with a “No X for you!” snowclone, originating with Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi, to yield a “Bad X, no Y for you!” variant.

    (Full disclosure: I am not a linguist, but I play one in a Computer Science department.)

  5. how about.. All your X are belong to us.

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