Talk:forget, when up to one's neck in alligators, that the mission is to drain the swamp

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Wiktionary:Requests for verification - keptEdit

Kept. See archived discussion of February 2008. 07:22, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

CitationsEdit

The very length of the phrase "when you're up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the initial objective was to drain the swamp" makes it suspect. Googling finds mostly Wiktionary hits.

Google searches:

Variants found at Google books, using the search term google books:"when you're up to your neck in alligators":

  • "When you're up to your neck in alligators, sometimes you forget that your mission is to drain the swamp."
  • "When you're up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget you came to drain the swamp."
  • "When you're up to your neck in alligators, it's hard to remember you came there to drain the swamp.
  • "When you're up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget the objective was to drain the swamp."
  • "When you're up to your neck in alligators it's hard to remember to appreciate the beauties of the swamp."
  • "When you're up to your neck in alligators, it's hard to remember that the original aim was to drain the swamp."
  • "When you're up to your neck in alligators it's hard to remember that your original intention was to drain the swamp"
  • "When you're up to your neck in alligators, it's hard to think about draining the swamp."
  • ... and more.

Hardly ever two found variants match exactly, which distinguishes this entry from most proverbs.

--Dan Polansky 08:32, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

BowdlerizedEdit

This entry is Bowdlerized in that the word neck — or eyeballs — appears less than half as often as ass in this context if you search with Google. — Robertgreer (talk) 01:31, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

If both forms exist, then we should have entries for both. Equinox 08:42, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
Last modified on 27 August 2013, at 08:42