New York Competition No. 36: Misplaced Emphasis

Welcome back to the New York Magazine Competition. On alternate Mondays, we lay out a challenge and offer a sample responses. Enter in the comments section, or on Twitter with the hashtag we’ve provided, and the editors will select a winner. Criteria are highly subjective, but heavily retweeted and favorited posts will have an advantage. The prize is a year’s subscription to New York in print or a two-year subscription to the iPad edition (winner’s choice). Full rules are here.

COMPETITION NO. 36: MISPLACED EMPHASIS. Please offer a familiar phrase, title, or lyric given a fresh meaning by its delivery. For example:

We didn’t start the—FIRE!
Love is where? You find it.
Oh, yes, oh, God, oh, yes, oh, oh … Oh.
America’s Next Top “Model”

Enter on Twitter with the hashtag #misplacedemphasis, or in the comments thread below, by December 10.

RESULTS OF COMPETITION NO. 35: REPLACEMENTS FORCAR TALK, IN which you were asked for the most public-radio-ish show imaginable.


My Granddaughter Also Lives in Brooklyn; Do You Know Her?

Feelings: Ours, Yours, Theirs

Harpsichord Hilarity

White Guilt

Let’s Be Gently Facetious!

What Can I Do With All These Mason Jars?

Upon My Word! A Leisurely Sojourn through the Oxford English Dictionary

That Satisfying Crunch

Whales, A Cappella

I’m a Vegetarian—Why Aren’t You?

Under Your Robe with Nina Totenberg

Milquetoast Conversations Best Heard In A Subaru

Indie Music You’ll Want To Say You Listen To

The Natural Sound Diaries

Pipetalk With Professor Elbowpatch

Put the Kettle On!

A Solar Home Companion

The Park Slope Co-op Call-in Mediation Hour

The How to Start a Mommy Blog Show

De Blasio Dynasty


Your Afternoon Scone

Competition No. 36: Misplaced Emphasis