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

Galen Buttitta satorarepotenetoperarotas3 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 21 22:53:00 UTC 2014


One of my linguistics teachers from around that time mentioned it as a Polish idiom. He used Polish as an example on at least one assignment for us but I can't say for sure if he could speak it.

> On Nov 21, 2014, at 16:24, 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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