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

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Mon Nov 24 15:50:40 UTC 2014


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I hadn't heard this until your post, and as I asked friends, none of them have heard it either (but all seem to like it).

One offered back, "I'm gonna have to salt and pepper this monkey before I eat it."  Meaning, I've got a task to do that I don't like, but will have to buckle down and do it anyway.


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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."
> 
> It's supposedly a Polish proverb, but it seems to have appeared in
> English starting in 2012.
> 
> Has anyone else heard this phrase? Any clue about whether or not the
> Polish proverbial origin is true or not?
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