Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dr. Pablito Wants to Get to the Bottom of the Snowflake Thing. The Big Thirsty.

So the lovely spouse is training to be a research hamsterian, and as a class assignment, she decided to investigate the earliest usage of "snowflake" in its snarky sense, the way it is used here.

From Fight Club, 1999.

Tyler Durden: "Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else."

Q: Can anyone push it back further than that? When did it first appear in these pages?


  1. The first use of snowflake on the heavily edited final archive of RYS appears to be this post. But remember, the original set of 4000+ posts was cut to about 1000 at the end of that blog's life. (Yes, I am sorry about that.)

    1. Yes, but snowflake was used on RYS from the beginning. Why did you cut so much stuff?

      Anyway, the second post ever here, a Stanley Fish link from Meanest Professor Ever used "snowflake" in June of 2010 . I'll put a tab up later today with all posts labeled "snowflake or snowflakes." There are many of course, but you know how people never label their fucking posts!!!!