I was terribly excited last week when, on an impulse, I sent a photo of Egyptian “game over” graffiti to Language Log, and it was deemed interesting enough for a post. After that, I started to see the phrase everywhere. [Image on right: “game over” sign montage from Tunisia and Egypt, via al-Jazeera]
After that, the phrase turned up on signs at protests in DC and in Chicago . The pre-printed signs in both cities looked very similar, as if they were from the same organized effort. Were the hand-written “game over” signs centrally planned? There were demonstrations in several other U.S. cities as well, but I didn’t have time to look for the photos.
The “game over” meme also showed up in online titles. Al-Jazeera had one “Game Over: First Tunisia now Egypt?“; here are two more: “Game over: the chance for democracy in Egypt is lost,” and “Game Over.”
But my favorite Egyptian “game over” sign is from the Feb. 1 Jordan Times: