[Ads-l] "said no X ever"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 26 16:32:29 EDT 2017

Discussed on this list in 2013 and 2015.


Both times I cited an early example from Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live
Weekend Update back in 2004 (though not quite canonical: "said no one"
without the "ever").

Britney Spears is recording a rap song about the recent controversies in
her life. "I can't wait to hear that!" said no one.

On Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 4:23 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> I've been noticing this humorous tag for several months, maybe a year.
> Latest ex., from Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC:
> "Plus, 'Hey! I said _mean_ first!' [pause] - said no President ever! Oh,
> except President Trump when he heard that President Obama called the
> Republican health plan 'mean.'"
> It's often, "[ridiculous statement] [pause] - said nobody ever!"
> Must come from somewhere.

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