[Ads-l] "Not my circus, not my monkeys."

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 21 22:52:05 UTC 2014


A quick Google finds the Polish "Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy" in a snippet
dated in 1996.

Another snippet dated 1998 attributes it to Polish historian Adam Michnik,
but it's from a journal Znak, and I don't trust the date.

DanG

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM, James Callan <scarequotes at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Within the last year, I've heard the phrase "not my circus, not my
> monkeys," a colorful expression meaning "not my problem."
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> It's supposedly a Polish proverb, but it seems to have appeared in English
> starting in 2012.
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> Has anyone else heard this phrase? Any clue about whether or not the Polish
> proverbial origin is true or not?
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