so, that happened

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Feb 26 19:09:07 UTC 2010

Since I haven't encountered it, is it a euphemism for "s--t
happened"?  Nor have I seen it on T shirts yet.


At 2/26/2010 01:51 PM, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>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
>The American Dialect Society -

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