so, that happened

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 26 17:54:58 UTC 2010

It's a bit difficult to look for emphatic expressions in a search, but I
am pretty sure of these two.
> Well, THAT happened, "Lost" fans.
> So that happened, but it's being shown again tonight on NBC, so feign
> appropriate levels of disappointment to give support to NBC's
> advertising sponsors. It's the least you can do.


On 2/26/2010 11:30 AM, Ann Burlingham wrote:
> i was recently reading amy dickinson's _the mighty queens of freeville_,
> in which she quotes her daughter as saying, after a disaster (the high
> school madrigal group crashed through the stage floor), "Well, *that*
> happened". (p. 170) the phrase is familiar to me - more perhaps as "so, that
> happened", and i came across it again somewhere else in the last few days,
> too, and both times wondered when and where this sprang from. I'm
> familiar with it - not sure if i've used it - but i couldn't say where
> it's from. in googling, i found a comment here
> from
> shadoeknight (about halfway down) that the usage was used in "state&
> main" by alec baldwin's character. i'm guessing it didn't originate
> there, but, unless i'm suffering from recency bias, it feels like a
> newer phrase to me. is this a phrase you use? do you hear it or see it, too?
> -ann burlingham

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