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Great X or greatest X

Last posted Nov 06, 2009 at 11:36PM EST. Added Nov 06, 2009 at 03:37PM EST
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Great movie or greatest movie.
Great game or greatest game.
Great boat or greatest boat…
and so on ion that fashion untill everyone is eaten.
I cannot remember how many threads i’ve seen of this but there was alot..
i was wondering if any of the other channers have seen this..
and if so, would it be enough to be called a “meme”?

Nov 06, 2009 at 03:37PM EST

If my memory serves me, the expression was popular before The Colbert Report.

Nov 06, 2009 at 04:15PM EST

You’re gonna need some links or something to back your claim up, Lindell.

Nov 06, 2009 at 04:36PM EST

Sadly, I could find no good sauce for the claim. Searching this has two big problems, that you can’t put it in quotations do to the blanks, and search engines lack a “before ____” function.

That said, Google Insights has two spikes for great or greatest, one corresponding with the start of The Colbert Report, and one a year and a half earlier, but that’s quite the stretch.

Thus, I resign myself to your infinite wisdom, Blubber.

Nov 06, 2009 at 08:28PM EST

Asteriks can be used as variables inside quotations.

It’s probably pre-internet.

The earliest results I’ve got are from January of 2001.


A Great Food Or The Greatest Food?

Halloween haunted houses texas Center City Massacre: Great Haunted House…or the GREATEST Haunted House.

Here the great questions, or the greatest questions are supposed solved, or dissolved.

Nov 06, 2009 at 08:53PM EST

actually, its been featured in the newgrounds animation “the best idea ever” (something along those lines…)

its about the big hadron collider

Nov 06, 2009 at 09:30PM EST

You’re aware that that’s not the origin right?

Or are you saying that most everyone who used the phrase afterwards is referencing that?

Nov 06, 2009 at 09:36PM EST

And to think… I’ve been using Google incorrectly all these years. Shit.

As it turns out, I’ve also never used ~ in a search.

Nov 06, 2009 at 11:26PM EST

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