so, that happened

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Feb 26 18:51:00 UTC 2010

On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM, Ann Burlingham wrote:
> 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?

Like others, I've only been noticing it in the last year or two. Given
that _State and Main_ came out in 2000, the movie could very well have
been the initial source of popularity.

[after emerging from an upside-down station wagon he has just crashed]
Bob Barrenger: So, that happened.

I don't see the line in David Mamet's shooting script, so perhaps
Baldwin ad-libbed it:

--Ben Zimmer

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