[Ads-l] Query about the origin of a meme

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 2 01:05:52 UTC 2015


Here is a link to an interesting analysis:


Website: Know Your Meme

Article title: ...Said No One Ever

Article subtitle: Part of a series on Internet Slang. [View Related Entries]


http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/said-no-one-ever


Garson

On Fri, May 1, 2015 at 7:59 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

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> ...namely, "...said no one ever" (or variants, e.g. "...said nobody =
> ever").  It strikes me as similar to at least one use of the 90s-ism =
> (yes, as Jon and Jesse showed us, it's really an *18*90s-ism) "Not!", or =
> "retro-NOT" as I like to call it.  Here's urbandictionary's entry:
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> http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=3Dsaid+no+one+ever
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> I first noticed it on SNL's Weekend Update, possibly from Cecily Strong, =
> but no doubt (like "...NOT", which wasn't invented on SNL. either by =
> Wayne's World in the early 90s or by Steve Martin in the 1978 Nerds =
> Science Fair routine) it was already lurking, maybe in the twitter =
> sphere.
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> LH=
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