5 June 2011

Snowclones are phrases like, "x is the new black". In the next version of English (v3.31 beta) there's an update to this playful allusion / cliché template functionality:
"The maximum arity currently supported by the 3.31 implementation of parameterised clichés is four (trivial pronoun and article variations don't count), for example Peter Greenaway's
         The w, the x, his y & her z
which can be instantiated to make headlines such as 'The Footballer, the Housemate, the Sun & his Super Injunction'. Attempts to construct a 5-arity example based Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich or a 6-arity from Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb have so far not proven stable, generally falling foul of the 'who that, Grandma?' problem." 
- Verity Stob, The Register