I only have vague memories but I do remember watching some of Nickelodeon's You Can't Say That On Television. Every time someone said, "I don't know," they'd get slimed.
In that spirit, I've decided on next year's contest (check out this year's contest here and here and here). Certain phrases get repeated - not just in a book, but in book after book after book. But there's one phrase that is driving me nuts! I've had some weeks where I've seen this mystery phrase in EVERY BOOK I was working on! Different authors, different genres - it doesn't seem to matter. This phrase keeps popping up.
So, for 2014, I am going to keep track of this mystery phrase. I'm going to note the author, the title, and how many times it (or a slight variation of it) was used in the manuscript. I'll post a little Facebook or Twitter update (#MysteryPhraseStrikesAgain, maybe?). By the end of the year, I should have a tally of how many times it was used (or over-used, as the case may be).
I'm not sure how I should judge a "winner," though...should it be Most Uses in One Manuscript? Most Over-the-top Usage? Most Uses By One Author Over Several Titles? And maybe I should invite reader participation - see if anyone can guess what the phrase is, if an author would let me promote their book as qualifying as a contender for the Mystery Phrase.
What do you think?