Literal-Minded

Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

Update: Do Your Best at What You Do the Best

Posted by Neal on July 28, 2004

Several VC readers responded to my post about the hook:

Everybody does what they do best the best

in a children’s song (“The Mighty Worm,” on Ralph’s World: Peggy’s Pie Parlor). Maestro and Russ Petti noted the existence of a reasonable, non-tautologous, fifth reading of the line. It’s that whatever activity is your personal best, that’s the one that you tend to work hardest and most enthusiastically at, and do to the best of your abilities. more

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