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May 02, 2006

"cracker"

I learned something yesterday when I read James Kilpatrick's column in the Savannah Morning News. I never knew that "cracker" was a term journalists use to describe "the final sentence in an essay of fewer than 1,000 words."

Just damn! I always thought that a "cracker" was a good ole boy from the great state of Jawja. I frequently refer to myself that way, just to piss off the politically-correct assholes who read me. (Judging from some of the "hurtful" emails I receive, I must be pretty good at it, too.)

I always called that good final sentence in an essay the "closer" or the "tag-line," but I really like the term "cracker" a lot better. I'm surprised that I never heard of it before.

I suppose it's like my daddy always said: "You learn something new every day--- if you start out dumb enough."

Comments

Yep, that's a new one on me also. I always called the opening line the grabber and the closing line the closer or punch line. But cracker is fine with me.

Posted by: GUYK on May 2, 2006 10:33 AM

I never knew it had anything to do with GA, but I always heard "cracker" as a slang term for a white person

Posted by: Monica on May 2, 2006 06:13 PM

Don't forget the original Atlanta baseball team...the Crackers....

Posted by: BabsRN on May 2, 2006 09:16 PM

Cracker was apparently a term applied to inhabitants of East Anglia in England some hundreds of years ago. I just wish I could remember where I read that

Posted by: ibm on May 4, 2006 02:16 AM
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