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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column thinking we need to update the phrase, “all our eggs in one basket.”Here’s why. Nobody we know carries eggs in a basket any more, unless it’s a grocery basket, but we don’t think that was the intention behind the phrase.Plus, so what if all your eggs are in one grocery basket? Wouldn’t that be natural? Why would you want to carry some of your eggs in one basket, and some in another? Who actually does that? When’s the last time you saw someone drop a basket of eggs?As always, we have a ridiculous solution to our tremendously intelligent question. Instead of “eggs in one basket,” how about “cars in one garage,” or “investments in one stock”?How about “swinging for the fences”? We think that has a similar meaning: to take a risk and not worry about the consequences. This is all just part of our latest campaign, which we’ll unveil today. (We’ve noticed our last one, “Keep Dillon Full,” has started to catch on. We like those bumper stickers.)We want to trim some clichés from the language.Can we consolidate clichés (which mean, quite simply, easy-to-use phrases)? Here’s a conversation we heard last night.CASHIER: How’s it hanging?SHOPPER: You know, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Are you working hard or hardly working?CASHIER: You know, hardly working. It’s quiet as a mouse here.SHOPPER: I hear ya. I love it when work’s easy as hell.CASHIER: Work sucks.SHOPPER: I’m saving up for school. I put up with it (not a cliché).CASHIER: I wouldn’t want to put all my eggs in one basket.And wham, that’s when we began to mentally urge the transaction in front of us to end. We didn’t even get that last cliché … yet it somehow worked for the moment and made us realize just how easy it is to use those phrases.Can this be good for mankind? If we boil down our language to just 15 or 20 phrases that have odd, general meanings depending on the circumstances, then do we lose all emotion? If we lose all the great words – cornucopia, sassafras and oligopoly – would the speechwriter’s well go dry almost immediately? Are we reverting to grunts and moans like the cave people?Yes, we’re afraid. Clichés are dangerous to the free world. We no longer care if the sunset was like life, or if the man was as big as a house.After all, let’s keep the variety out there. Let’s keep originality in the language. Anything else would be, well, um, like putting our eggs in one … crap.***Mary Pat Swartsley of Frisco is opening her garage for the Katrina relief effort. Today and Sunday, she will be taking donations and selling items to benefit the American Red Cross.She lives at 101 Miners Creek in Frisco. She says she will have signs out to let people know.***It’s Saturday … and are they gone yet? If you know what that means, send us an e-mail to summitup@summitdaily.com, or leave us a voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257.


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