"No replacement for displacement" trades meaning for rhyme
No, it doesn't. In the context of engines, "no replacement for displacement" and "no substitute for cubic inches" are equally meaningful. At least to Americans. To everyone else, the latter sacrifices BOTH meaning and rhyme.
Really, that's the big one. When a gearhead says, "There's no replacement for displacement," it conveys exactly the kind of macho attitude that you'd expect from someone who revels in big engines. The statement "there's no substitute for cubic inches" does not. It doesn't just lack rhyme or finesse, it lacks attitude and meaning.
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