Lining Up

As I remember it, throughout the ’50s–and even into the late ’70s–when we were told to ‘form a line’–the person in charge would tell us, “Alright, get in line!”  We would dutifully stand, one behind another, and prepare to be walked-as-a-group somewhere.

Apparently, we are no longer permitted to do that.

For about the past decade, the liner-upper has told us to “Get on line!”  I have to believe there is a deep, underlying cause for this change in terminology.  It’s because of those damn communists!

Yep, it’s as basic as the difference between communism and capitalism.  Communism treats people–us–as a group (which is implied by “get in line”. Ya’ll are just a length of rope!).  Capitalism treats us (more) as individuals.  We stand on the line, individually.

Ya know, now that I think about it, since I’ve pointed this out, watch how fast today’s educators revert to using “get in line” … well, if I had any kind of a following, they would….

(But, you will just have to forgive me, if you hear me tell the kids to get in line … it’s how I grew up.  And there’s hardly any communism in me!)

What-the-heck brought this post on??  I watched a rerun this morning of Dick Cavett’s interview of Woody Allen, and Woody mentioned “on line”.

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[Real name] Bruce Hopkins [Current residence] Quinlan, Texas [Work history in chronological order] Grape Picker, Scullery Captain, Printer, Preacher, Restaurant Manager, Gas Station Attendant, Copier Service Technician, Satellite Systems Service Technician, Satellite Systems Service Manager, Customer Service Manager, Family Law Legal Forms Typist, Storable Foods Business Owner, Courier, Telephone Support Tech, Telephone Sales of UPSs. Wanna hire me?
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