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Dec 9th 2011 at 7:36:49 PM •••

Is there a trope-namer for this?

Nov 23rd 2010 at 2:40:12 AM •••

What's the difference between ironing one's dog and Going to the Store? Is it granting the people in the current scene privacy (Iron) versus getting privacy for oneself (Store)? Is it specific claim being made (which would make Store a subtrope of Iron)? Or is it the relative plausibility (which might even make this The Same But More relative to I Have to Wash My Hair)?

Jul 16th 2010 at 8:56:04 PM •••


I parse the transparent-but-possible (like I Have to Wash My Hair and "I remembered I have to call my mom") totally separately from the completely impossible/mixed excuses, like I Need to Go Iron My Dog itself and "I have to go alphabetize my sister!" and so forth.

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Jul 18th 2010 at 11:54:43 AM •••

Agreed. I feel there's a significant difference between a 'brush-off' line (wash hair) vs. the 'desperate to escape' lines like dog-ironing.

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