[Ads-l] what happens in X stays in X

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 27 10:30:07 EDT 2018


On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 5:43 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> Variants of this have been discussed in various places, of course.
>
> I seem to have heard versions involving a particular prep school, a
> particular law school, and a bus, lately, from someone.
>
> (I haven't done serious research, but, apparently, so far, Las Vegas does
> not own [[own up?]] to it.)
>

I assume you're referring to Brett Kavanaugh's reported statement from
2015, "What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep."

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/18/kavanaugh-what-happens-geogetown-prep-828420

For the general "snowclone" (phrasal template), see Mark Liberman's 2008
Language Log post:

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=227

The Vegas version dates to 2003, but there are earlier variants along the
lines of "What goes on tour, stays on tour."

--bgz

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