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Entry from August 17, 2021
“Save The Date. And any other endangered fruit”

“‘Save the date!’ It turns out that this admonition is not, as might reasonably be supposed, a charity solicitation on behalf of an endangered fruit” was printed in the Chicago (IL) Tribune on March 21, 2001, in a “Miss Manners” column by Judith Martin. The word “date” has two meanings.

“The first time I read the phrase ‘Save the date’ I thought ‘Another endangered fruit’” was posted on Twitter by Andrea Austoni on January 11, 2012. “Save The Date. And any other endangered fruit” was posted on Twitter by TheWoosterGroup on April 30, 2012.

“Got a wedding invitation asking me to ‘save the date’. I didn’t even know they were an endangered fruit” was posted on Twitter by Phil Swales on August 2, 2021. “I just received a ‘Save the Date’ card. I didn’t even know they were an endangered fruit?” was posted on Twitter by The Dad Joke Man on August 17, 2021.


Newspapers.com
21 March 2001, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Don’t feel obligated to reply to a ‘pre-invitation’” by Judith Martin ("Miss Manners"), sec. 8, pg. 7, cols. 1-2:
The pre-invitation sprang up suddenly--without so much as asking Miss Manners whether she felt up to designing or authorizing a new social form--and is merrily gadding about wherever festivities are planned. It consists of a card that may be sent out as long as a year in advance, bearing the admonition, “Save the date!”

It turns out that this admonition is not, as might reasonably be supposed, a charity solicitation on behalf of an endangered fruit.

Twitter
Andrea Austoni
@austoni
The first time I read the phrase “Save the date” I thought “Another endangered fruit”.
11:19 AM · Jan 11, 2012·Twitter for Mac

Twitter
TheWoosterGroup
@TheWoosterGroup
Save The Date. And any other endangered fruit.
12:32 PM · Apr 30, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Justin Thomas
@DrJustinThomas
Replying to @Tahani_nq
@Tahaninq When I first saw the now overused phrase “Save the Date”, I thought the date (تمر) had become an endangered fruit smile
3:46 AM · Jun 8, 2015·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Matt Dunn
@mattdunnwrites
Every time someone tells me to ‘save the date’, I want to reply, ‘I didn’t know it was an endangered fruit’.
3:55 AM · Jan 15, 2016·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
David QC
@DavidMuttering
Replying to @rablivingstone
Every so often I get a “SAVE THE DATE” letter or e-mail, and I don’t think that they’re even an endangered fruit.
8:12 AM · May 24, 2019·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Frogenstein January 13, 2020
Next Sunday I’m planning a demonstration to raise awareness for endangered fruiting palm-trees.
Save the date

Twitter
Phil Swales
@philswales
Got a wedding invitation asking me to ‘save the date’.
I didn’t even know they were an endangered fruit.
3:43 PM · Aug 2, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
The Dad Joke Man
@DadJokeMan
I just received a ‘Save the Date’ card.
I didn’t even know they were an endangered fruit?
10:05 AM · Aug 17, 2021·Twitter Web App

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