Talk:I'm rubber, you're glue

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As I Remember It[edit]

The version I remember from childhood is:

I'm rubber, you're glue. It'll bounce off me and stick to you.

Chuck Entz (talk) 10:23, 23 June 2012 (UTC)

RFM discussion: February 2011–April 2014[edit]

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I'm rubber, you're glue

I propose moving I'm rubber, you're glue to I'm rubber, you're glue, everything you say sticks right back to you. Most certainly there are alternative forms to be created eventually too.

If we're going to keep this rhyme, better keep it completely. It is counterproductive to expect readers, and translators, and readers of translations, and listeners of pronunciations, to search part by part of this sentence. --Daniel. 12:12, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

google:"I'm rubber, you're glue" gives 774,000 hits, while google:"I'm rubber, you're glue, everything you say sticks right back to you" gives 39 hits. It seems that it is the former, short phrase that needs explanation and that people are going to search for. --Dan Polansky 12:49, 9 February 2011 (UTC)
The first coupla pages of Web hits for google:"i'm rubber you're glue everything you say" seem to indicate that the most common saying (including that) is "I'm rubber you're glue everything you say bounces off of me and sticks to you" (modulo punctuation), but that many variants exist. Note that google:"i'm rubber you're glue whatever" gives more hits than google:"i'm rubber you're glue everything" by a first-page-estimate factor of almost three (48900 to 12300). (Hits for google:"i'm rubber and you're glue" are much fewer than without and.) I think having the entry at [[I'm rubber, you're glue]] is best, with redirects thereto.​—msh210 (talk) 15:46, 9 February 2011 (UTC)
The core shorter form is much more likely to be entered in the search box. If all the common words (excluding wikisearch stop words - and punctuation) from the "correct" long forms are in the entry somewhere, almost any search using correct spellings will yield the short entry. Typing the first part of course also yields the drop-down menu of entry headwords. It might be useful to have puncuationless forms as redirects, at least if they show up in the drop-down. DCDuring TALK 16:33, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
The short form has more lexical justification for inclusion, being an ellipsis (ie, abbreviation) of the catchphrase/retort/taunt, which might have a phrasebook rationale for inclusion, were it more common. DCDuring TALK 16:36, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
I agree, keep it at the short title, which captures the essence of the saying for all variations. bd2412 T 18:02, 6 June 2011 (UTC)
Not moved. - -sche (discuss) 22:29, 1 April 2014 (UTC)