so, that happened

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 26 19:51:00 UTC 2010

Present tense:  "Well, that happens."

"Gimme that. Big deal. We fight a little bit? You show me a family that
doesn't. But we got something special. What is it? We're here to make a
movie. Can't use the Old Mill. Well, that happens. What you got to do, you
find the *essence*-- what was it, that brought us here. It wasn't the
building Joe, it was an idea. It was an essence--what is the essence of your
story? Joe?"


On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 1:51 PM, Benjamin Zimmer <
bgzimmer at> wrote:

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> 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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