Hooray for Leo Babauta at ZenHabits

I love Leo Babauta and I think you will too when you go read his post, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (or, the Privatization of the English Language).

Leo is right and this is stupid.

What's stupid? Someone - who I won't name so he/she won't get any more publicity from me - sent Leo a cease and desist letter of some sort because he used the phrase "feel the fear and do it anyway." Or something close to that.

Feel the fear and do it anyway. He used it just like that -- within a blog post, not even within the title -- and the author of a book (again, I'm not naming the book or the author) thought this was sufficient to request that the phrase be acknowledged as trademark.

What Great Expectations on their part. Beloved, surely we have all reached Childhood's End -- Welcome to the Monkeyhouse -- when the Stand that this Fool takes is that of threatening A Civil Action without identifying the Burden of Proof needed to support her argument .... You get the idea.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
Welcome to the Monkeyhouse by Kurt Vonnegut
The Stand by Stephen King
Fool by Christopher Morley
A Civil Action by John Grisham
Burden of Proof by Scott Turow

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