Hephaestus's Blog

December 30, 2014, 18:16
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The phrase “you only live once”, abbreviated as “YOLO”, is occasionally used as an excuse for doing daring, dangerous things, like jumping out of an airplane, pushing a car’s speed to the limit, boiling bananas, and so on. However, for those of a more cautious bent, that phrase, and the notion underlying it, is just as easily employed as an excuse to be careful and reserved. After all, you only live once, so why spoil it by crashing your car, getting thrown in jail, or some such?

I think it illustrates how much flexibility and ambiguity our language has that the same four words can carry a message of both daring and caution. It just depends on who is saying or hearing it.

My next post will be in the year 2015. See you then, and drive safely. Remember, you only live once.

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