This, Unlike Pimping, Was Easy

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Ever since Three 6 Mafia’s March 5th Oscar win for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” there’s been a proliferation of writers using the phrase “It’s hard out here for a (fill in the blank).” You’ve got your New York Times’ March 12th headline ''It's Hard out Here for a Pope'' and BusinessWeek.com’s March 20th story “It’s Hard Out Here for a Lobbyist,” just to name two.

This got us wondering how many times the phrase has been used, so we Googled it, which led us to the discovery that many others have already beaten us to it. (It’s hard out here for a Pie-Butt????) Check it out at the Language Log Web site.

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