The Landing of Plymouth Rock (passive or active)


#1

Continuing the discussion from The Economist defends America’s enslavement of Africans:

I hadn’t heard that one before. But is he paraphrasing Cole Porter?

Times have changed,
And we’ve often rewound the clock,
Since the Puritans got a shock,
When they landed on Plymouth Rock.
If today,
Any shock they should try to stem,
’Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock,
Plymouth Rock would land on them.

In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, God knows,
Anything Goes.

Are there other variations on the “land on Plymouth Rock”-inversion out there?


#2

I can’t think of any off the top of my head, but much like trope about Europeans thinking the world was flat, landing at Plymouth Rock was largely a myth:

So, in a way, it’s landed on all of us…


#3

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