Fun with phrases: "Why am I not surprised?"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 27 14:45:49 UTC 2013

The earliest ex. I find of the current, cynical use:

1985 Erma Bombeck in _Santa Fe New Mexican_ (Match 5) D1: I never heard
from them. Why am I not surprised?

That pretty much squares with my own recollection. Before the '80s, we just
said, "I'm not surprised."

There are a handful of earlier cases, but not in the same sense.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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