By Robert A. Vella
In the popular animated sitcom Family Guy, a recurring gag features the character of Cleveland Brown. He’s sitting in his upstairs bathtub when some improbable catastrophe destroys his home (typically caused by his mentally juvenile neighbor Peter Griffin) sending the naked man and his soap-water filled tub sliding down onto his front lawn while yelling “No, no, no, no, no!”
Poor Cleveland is exclaiming shock-induced denial when confronted with a painful reality he was ill-prepared for. While other popularized phrases are more expressive, such as “I DON’T believe it!” (actor Michael Forest, Star Trek episode Who Mourns For Adonais?, 1967) and “This CAN’T be happening, man!” (actor Bill Paxton, Aliens, 1986), the shouting of “NO!” basically says it all. But, exactly what is it that we’re trying to say?
All of us – every man, woman, and child who…
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