Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Catch me if you can

I have discovered that my new favorite phrase is "Catch me if you can". I don't understand why it appeals to me so much, as there are plenty of other sayings out there. But for whatever the reason, "Catch me if you can" just really seems...dangerous. And bold. As if you are daring the world to try and stop you from achieving whatever it is you are attempting to do. It makes one feel invincible, when in reality they know they aren't.

But the phrase has to be followed by the correct punctuation. If you put it with an exclamation point ("Catch me if you can!"), it just sounds too excited. I mean, I know that's what exclamation marks are meant to be (exciting), but it makes it sound like a hyperactive child is saying it. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but come on - it's supposed to be bold and smooth, not rushed. You have to say it with just the right amount of seriousness.

The same goes for question marks. Question marks make "Catch me if you can" sound meek. All the edgy-ness is gone from it and it sounds as if you are questioning your power or invincibility. It becomes timid. Or shy. Definitely not outgoing.

It's like Dirty Harry. You would never catch Dirty Harry screaming "Go ahead, make my day!!!" or "Go ahead, make my day??" No. He was always dead serious and calm; "Go ahead, make my day." And it scared the daylights out of everyone. Not that I've seen a Dirty Harry movie...

So be bold. Be edgy. Live as though you seriously don't care what people think. That's what I'll be trying to do.

Catch me if you can.

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