Are you old enough to remember the Ditto machine? A machine that made copies of pages? I use the word ditto all the time to mean I want to repeat exactly what someone else just said. But that word is as old fashioned as I am. Now people say what she said or they say cosign. Say something quotable right now – I’ll cosign.

Please use the open space below to share your first 50 words on the topic “ditto.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

2 thoughts on “Ditto”

  1. Orange, uncouth, unbalanced, overweight, egotistical, boring, obnoxious, rabble rouser, ignorant, controlling, frightening, repulsive, nauseating, irresponsible, lying, manipulating, madman. How long will it take to guess who in order to cosign?

  2. Just this morning I read this quote by Ortega y Gasset: “Life is a series of collisions with the future.” It raised two issues when I saw the prompt “ditto” and your own contribution.

    Actually, ditto, as carrier of dialogue hssn’t gone out of existence yet. How do I know? There is no emoticon for the concept.

    Ortega y Gasset provides a marvelous metaphor by which to deal with it as well as other dying elements of language: “collisions with the future”. Stability simply doesn’t exist any more. Evolution prevails.


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