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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat May 2 01:34:31 UTC 2015


Thanks, Garson.  So it peaked in 2013.  No mention of non-internet usage like the "Weekend Update" occurrences I mentioned, but I guess even SNL runs a distant second in the era of the twitterverse.  In any case, between retro-NOT, sarcastic "I don't think", and now "said no one ever", there seems to be both a need and a short shelf-life for these retroactive cancellation devices.

LH

> On May 1, 2015, at 9:05 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Here is a link to an interesting analysis:
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> Website: Know Your Meme
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> Article title: ...Said No One Ever
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> Article subtitle: Part of a series on Internet Slang. [View Related Entries]
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> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__knowyourmeme.com_memes_said-2Dno-2Done-2Dever&d=AwIBAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=OOBcD6e-fHOUmNi9b9btRl3I-n6TM8B8nXoVw6x-Z5o&s=NFalUBACYroV6Pne3EJyAOhuFUOoVlsDJXDfjNYT8n4&e= 
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> Garson
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> On Fri, May 1, 2015 at 7:59 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
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>> Subject:      Query about the origin of a meme
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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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>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.urbandictionary.com_define.php-3Fterm-3D3Dsaid-2Bno-2Bone-2Bever&d=AwIBAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=OOBcD6e-fHOUmNi9b9btRl3I-n6TM8B8nXoVw6x-Z5o&s=HXqJO0ETYV0MJIRiHxfkAknxMMerbSzNnL1KJaXztbc&e= 
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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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