The Lure Of Lists

Admit it, don’t you love lists? Those informational peep shows for the terminally curious.

They may be about history or sports or pop culture. They’re often trivial; occasionally useful; inevitably interesting; and always diverting. And they are necessarily arbitrary, which means they’re fun to weigh in on.

Perhaps you saw this recent one, compiled by the TV Land cable network: “The 100 greatest catch phrases in TV.” They’re eclectic and they’re evocative. And definitely incongruous.

They range from John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you

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