Have you ever tried dropping a word or phrase into a conversation and seeing how long it takes for the other person to use it? It usually takes between 30 seconds and two minutes for it to bounce back to you. If this was a real life example then the word I’d expect to come back would be “bounce” in the same conversation but not necessarily in the same context.
In the last week I have read the phrase “back in the day” three times on different blogs (Le Pen Quotidien, Suz at Large and Paddy K), each entry posted on the 28th or 29th of December. I noticed it the first time I read it because it jarred slightly. So, never at all and then three times in a week. At first I thought that someone, somewhere has dropped that phrase into the collective conversation at the end of December and what I was seeing were the ripples, however the phrase “back in the day” is a song and a movie, so it’s obviously a phrase that’s out there, even if I’ve not heard it before. Checking blogsearch.google.com it was actually used less in December than in November or October. So much for my theory, then.
Even so, let me recommend the game of dropping words into conversations. It works best in three- or multi-handed conversations (pubs, meetings, that sort of thing) and works best with simple and appropriate words that aren’t entirely obvious given the context.
Well, it passes the time.